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From Tam Tam to Discoco: How Marset Designs Come to Life

What began as a foundry in 1942 transformed into Marset Illuminación in 1965, and for the last half…
Green and orange globe pendant lights in mid-century modern lounge area
Dipping Light LED Pendant by Jordi Canudas for Marset

Marset takes care of light. What began as a foundry in 1942 transformed into Marset Illuminación in 1965, and for the last half century, the Badalona, Spain based brand has used its metal casting-beginnings to manipulate all kinds of materials in creating unexpected, atmospheric lighting effects. With clean, understated fixtures, lighting from Marset blends seamlessly into its environment while imbuing the space with creativity and technical precision. Here’s how some of Marset’s most iconic pieces came to life.  

Xavier Manosa talks about his collaboration with Mashallah Design Studio for the Pleat Box Collection  

White pendant lighting hangs over an extended wood dining table with white chairs
Pleat Box collection by Mashallah Design Studio + Xavier Mañosa for Marset

“Mashallah works with digital processes and we traditionally work with ceramics,” said Manosa of the design process. “We knew we wanted to make a lamp [together]. We started to investigate how to mix plastics with ceramics, but the project was chaotic, unclear and complicated. We had to mechanize the ceramic to be able to integrate the plastic.” 

Designed to crease like cloth, Pleat Box is one of Marset’s most artisanal designs, but its origins come from the digital realm.  

Lit white pendant light over table with black chalkboard background
Pleat Box 47 Pendant by Xavier Mañosa for Marset

 “One of the materials we were using was a silicone, and one day Hande from Mashallah was playing with it while we were all drawing the material, and suddenly she said,  ‘Look, this is really nice.’ So the idea was really fast. We transferred the folds of the silicone and how they fall to the ceramic, then transferred the gesture of the piece to a computer. And that’s Pleat Box.”  

Fabien Dumas on Tam Tam

Black cluster of pendant lighting in neutral room with small window
Tam Tam 5 Pendant by Fabien Dumas for Marset

Described as “geometrically arranged to invoke a feeling of organized chaos,” Dumas also says that “while the overall appearance may evoke chaos, the function remains quite obvious and simple. Within a minute you understand how it works and what it can do. Let me put it as a professor once explained: ‘Design is not about creating a fantastic guide-system for an airport. Design is about creating an airport that doesn’t require any guide-system.’”  

Yellow wall sconce in dining area with open door to lush backyard
Tam Tam A Wall Sconce by Fabien Dumas for Marset

Joan Gaspar talks about Ginger’s manufacturing process 

Black floor lamp with geometric decor accent in neutral living room
LED-Ginger Arc Floor Lamp by Joan Gaspar for Marset

The layers of resin-impregnated wood and paper “are pressed at 180°C using a steel mold to shape them. The really interesting part is that you can make two sides a different color, in the case of the Ginger white on the inside and wood on the outside. This detail allowed us to think about a lamp that would provide indirect lighting. In my opinion, this is the product’s main advantage: you can put it high or low, but the light is never bothersome! Plus, the most exciting part of the product, which is the wood, seems to become secondary, anecdotal, when actually it isn’t at all.”  

Small black table lamp on wood circular end table in front of a curtained window
LED-Ginger Portable Lamp by Joan Gaspar for Marset

Christopher Mathieu speaks on the original Discoco, as well as its 10-year-anniversary companion made from wood 

Glowing white pendant light leaves in a library-style hallway
Discoco Pendant by Christophe Mathieu for Marset

“Keep in mind that one of the characteristics of the Discoco is its richness in terms of light. That’s because of the multiple reflections it creates. The lamp not only lights its surroundings, it also lights itself. In the original design the outside of the discs are illuminated by the light that filters through the discs and by the light that is reflected on the inner surface of the discs. However, wood does not allow the light to pass through the disc, so the light reflects on the top of the disc and descends down the wood, which reflects the light at the same time.”  

Studio picture of wood-leaved pendant light with wood chippings below in artful mountain
Discoco Wood Pendant Light by Christophe Mathieu for Marset

To design with the historical Spanish brand is more than a trust between designer and manufacturer. The collaborative relationships found at Marset encourage a sense of inquisitiveness while centering discovery and innovation. The mission? To seek out new paths and explore the untapped ideas that can change how the world looks at—and takes care of—light.

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