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Move to the Discocó beat! Designer Christophe Mathieu’s pulsating arrangement of 35 disks in his pendant light for Barcelona’s Marset is captivating even when turned off. But aglow, there’s a dramatic play of light and shadow that has a rhythm all its own. Besides providing full downward illumination, light bounces off both sides of the disks in a nuanced gradation. And reflections dance off the chrome-covered sphere at the core where the disks are anchored. In a range of sizes to light up the night.
“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.