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Taking its name from the tents of North Africa's Bedouin tribe, the shade of Marset's striking floor lamp is made from a flexible fabric that allows the light to shift with the movement of air. Barcelona-based designer Joan Gaspar mounts the peaked shade on a dramatically angled stainless-steel structure with a grey lacquered finish that's apropos for both indoor and outdoor placement. Warm LED illumination is reflected off the shade's pure-white inner surface and surrounded by the tinted textielene, available in a choice of 3 sizes and 4 different hues.
“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.