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The Tam Tam throws some shade—in a good way! Barcelona-based Marset teamed up with Berlin designer Fabien Dumas on a light fixture that celebrates the archetypal lampshade. A center lacquered aluminum shade supports smaller satellite shades which can rotate 360 degrees. These multiple light sources can be pointed in different directions downward, sideways or toward the ceiling for multicolored reflections. An opalescent, methacrylate diffuser over the open end softens the light. Regular size with either 3 or 5 satellite shades and a mini with 3 satellites, in an array of customizable color-ways with the central shade in black or white.
“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.