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"Light is not interesting without darkness," observes designer Mathias Hahn. His award-winning, dimmable LED lamp called flirts with this postulation. Named for the Greek goddess and mythical mother of the sun and the moon, Theia combines two half-spheres—in opaque metal and smoky plexi—to provide light and, depending on how the shade is swiveled into place, create intriguing areas of shadow. Theia can rotates effortlessly from its front-facing orientation as a reading lamp to a more subtle indirect illumination.
“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.