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With Theia, designer Mathias Hahn evokes the Greek goddess and mythical mother of the sun and the moon with his take on light and shadow. The dimmable LED table lamp combines a pair of half-spheres—in opaque metal and smoky plexi—that overlap and create different shadings. With an easy swivel, Theia can either provide direct illumination for tasks and reading with a front-facing orientation or can be turned away towards an object or a wall for indirect reflected lighting.
“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.