Earlier this year, LightForm announced an exciting new partnership with Spanish lighting company, Marset. We invited them to host our Design Lecture Series, the first of its kind in Toronto and the third in our series in Vancouver.
Amidst a backdrop of Discocos, Scantlings, Pleat Boxes and one big Soho, we introduced Javier Marset, president and creative pulse of Marset, to a full house of architects and designers. He took us through an inspiring presentation that began with the history of his family’s metal working company, founded in the 1940′s, to Marset’s beginnings producing metal-based lighting fixtures in the 1970′s. However, the brand as it is known today—a lighting manufacturer invested in the inventive and emotive capacity of light—took form under his leadership in the early 90s.
The Marset lighting collection is strong and it is unique precisely because it has invested heavily in the things that Javier Marset values most himself.
“Whenever we decide whether or not we want to produce a light, we have to ask ourselves, ‘Does this product deserve to be brought into the world’ “?
The relationships Marset builds with the designers they work with are centered around shared values, real connections and ambitious ideas about how to make lighting that moves people. Each design is considered and weighed against a criteria that evaluates its quality, its beauty, its emotion, its innovation and the most of all, its capacity for endurance over time.
With a strong presence in high-end hotel and restaurant projects across the globe, with designers like Patricia Urquiola and Philippe Starck specifying Marset lighting for the interiors they are commissioned for, Marset has established itself as a brand that focuses on both beautifully designed product and high quality, reliable production.
Inspired by the Scandinavian tradition and life by the sea in a vibrant Barcelona, Javier Marset’s influences come from far and wide. A bon vivant to his core, he has built his company around his good taste, his charisma and his passion for design. Driven by his commitment to narrative and emotion, Marset has produced an impressive line-up of videos for many of its newest products – all of which tell individual stories about the designer and the process and inspiration behind each piece. They can all be viewed on their Vimeo channel.
After the presentation we had many designers who attended the event tell us that hearing Javier speak so passionately about design reminded them about why they began their careers in this industry in the first place.
We want to thank Javier Marset, Joan Miro, and all the designers and architects who attended the Marset presentations in both Toronto and in Vancouver, for making this event so special and so inspirational. It couldn’t have turned out better, and we are grateful for yet another opportunity to have brought the community together for such an intimate occasion.
More photos of the event can be found on our Facebook Page.
Vancouver photos taken by Heather Merenda and Toronto photos taken by Carla Gusek.
Special thanks to our Caters in Toronto and in Vancouver for providing the amazing food we all enjoyed.