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The “sliced” sections of the Maranga Ceiling Light from Barcelona designer Christophe Mathieu cast radiating shadows from the glowing fixture. Inspired by the shapes of exotic fruit as well as a regard for Scandinavian motifs, Christophe nonetheless created a light that is resolutely forward-thinking. The polycarbonate shade is made up of 32 sections, evenly spaced for an interplay of light and dark. The resulting illumination is richly shaded and glare-free, with a diffuser to direct light downward.
“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.