‘If there is no light, there is nothing.’ This poetic, fundamental and almost biblical phrase is the leitmotif of Spanish light design brand Marset. Inma Bermúdez, one of their designers who designed the smart, playful and yet timeless FollowMe lamp, summarizes her feelings about light in the wonderful, enchanting and captivating video – one of three in a series called ‘Reflections on Light’. But before I go on, take a breath, sit down and get yourself immersed in the video – and reflect for a moment what light means to you.
We have heard countless times that light is the first and foremost prerequisite in interior design. Light defines, light creates, light guides and it covers us – in a feeling of home, cosiness, security and warmth. Light in interiors is art. And Marset and its designers are more than just designers – they are artists too.
Just think of a sterile office building with dreadful neon tube lamps on the ceiling diffusing a cold, blueish light that gives us everything but warmth and cosiness. Would you want such a light in your home? I doubt so. Would you want any kind of lamp hanging from your ceiling and literally X-raying your home? No you don’t. That is why lighting is so crucial and selecting the right light source is of utmost importance when you design and decorate your space.
Marset has understood this importance and has put its entire business on solid grounds – they have dedicated their time and energy in finding innovative and clever lighting solutions that speak to the senses of their users and consumers – it is not about merely illuminating a space, it is about taking us on a journey for our senses. Yes, it is about feeling our home through light – again, it is about the homey, cosy and warm feeling we all seek in our homes (after all it is our safe haven and shelter).
Inma Bermúdez, Stefano Colli and Joan Gaspar, three designers working for Marset, reflect on light and take us on a journey that addresses all our senses in the series ‘Reflection on Light’. I would truly like to encourage you to watch all three videos and then reflect about your notion and understanding of light. And then look around in your home and consciously evaluate the lighting you have at home. Is it cosy? Does it make you feel at home and gives you a feeling of warmth? Is it also practical and ideal, illuminating the space and making your life comfortable and easy at home? You see, light has to fulfill a plethora of tasks in our home. That is in each space. It gives us orientation, it calms us, it structures our space, it guides us.
Marset‘s portfolio of lighting solutions is not endless. This is not a senseless hypermarket – it is rather a selection of sophisticated, smart and contemporary lighting solutions for the modern home. I was particularly charmed by the new series named ‘Pleat Box’. It is magic – the lampshade is handmade of ceramics yet it feels soft and flowing like a piece of textile. The lampshade is handmade in the studio of the Spanish ceramicist Xavier Mañosa – but I will tell you more about his work in a separate blogpost. Another highlight is the new FollowMe lamp by Inma Bermúdez. This portable and rechargeable LED lamp with a dimmer is the contemporary version of a lantern. For me, this small lamp incorporates all of the emotions mentioned earlier – it gives warmth, it soothes the eye, it guides us. The journey however is our choice. But let there be light and it’ll be a safe one.
Photography by Susanna Vento and Igor Josifovic