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Originally evoking the lanterns seen on fishing boats, Santorini from Barcelona-based Marset adds a fixed ceiling fixture with the same customizable shade concept in versions for both indoor or outdoor settings. Partnering with Valencia-based Sputnik Estudio, the design features a blown-glass diffuser extending from a metal stem and a matching ceiling plate, both lacquered in grey. (The outdoor version comes in stainless steel with an anti-oxidant electro-coating.) Each individual unit is completely customizable, allowing the choice of how many shades to place on the diffuser, along with their order, position and direction—to allow for direct or reflected illumination as desired.
“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.