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Unalloyed modernism flourished in the 1970s, as seen in this update of Lluís Porqueras' quintessential Funiculí lamp from 1979. Renowned for the absolute simplicity of his approach, the Spanish designer based his concept on funicular action—moving the light up and down by a simple pair of clips. Meanwhile, the shade rotates 360 degrees to direct radiant light wherever needed, aimed downward for reading or upward for general reflected illumination. Base and stem of the lamp in lacquered iron with shade made of lacquered aluminum; a rubberized bottom adds stability to the lamp while protecting floor surface.
“Marset is more than lamps: We take care of light in its different nuances and effects, to create atmospheres with character, helping to improve people’s quality of life,” declares the Barcelona-based company. Marset’s dual preoccupation with both crisp contemporary design and the more elusive ambiance of lighting has firmly fixed the firm on the design world’s cutting-edge radar. A series of attention-grabbing and innovative fixtures account for the recent revitalization of the brand, though Marset has actually been around since the 1940s.
A family business, Marset was originally a foundry, not a lighting company. It segued into lighting design when Francisco Marset formally established Marset Illuminacion in 1965. Decades devoted to metalwork easily translated to the contemporary lighting industry, with a dexterity of materials available to create unexpected, atmospheric lighting effects. Not to mention the influence of its Barcelona home, a city renowned for architecture, design and visual inspiration.