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Londoner Mathias Hahn’s modernist Scantling Floor Lamp takes its name from an old unit of measurement for the way a piece of wood is cut. Similarly, his design for Barcelona brand Marset contrasts man-made metal with natural solid oak. A graphic geometry of line serves to unite these dissonant materials. Precise craftsmanship of the hinged wooden arm allows the shade to be fully adjustable without counterweights or springs. Though it definitely sets a mood, the Scantling’s direct beam of light also makes it a perfect reading lamp.
“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.