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Is it a light or art installation? Concentric’s striking effect began as just a fleeting observation. Designer Rob Zinn was on an airplane and noticed how the light emanating through reflected the colors of his fellow passengers’ clothing. In collaboration with Barcelona-based Marset, that notion translated as a lighting tour-de-force composed of white circular panels, each lacquered-metal disc reflecting a different color from the back of the one above. Offered in three different colorations, the wall fixture’s nearly hypnotic interplay of light and reflection nabbed deservedly best-of-class awards from both the IFCC Editors and Interior Design Magazine.
“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.