Marset is a Spanish lighting company which was established in 1942 as a metal foundry, before concentrating on illumination in 1965. A long experience with molding metal gave the company a strong base for experimenting with different lamp designs, and over the years, Marset has become famous for its interesting and unique lighting effects.
Today, Marset aims to discover new nuances of light and create atmospheric and timeless designs with modern techniques. One of the best known designs of the brand is the FollowMe lamp, which won the Red Dot Award in 2016.
Xavier Mañosa founded Apparatu just five years ago and, in that short space of time, he has become one of the most up and coming ceramicists of his generation. When he took that step, he was living in Berlin. Perhaps that distance helped him to finally dedicate himself to what he had seen his parents doing during his childhood and which he had rejected, as an act of defiance, during his training as an industrial designer. In his case, the most fascinating part is probably that it is a combination of the two – his perspective from a distance and his eagerness to experiment linked to his knowledge of his trade, drawn from his home background.
Until 2009, Mañosa had his creative base in Berlin, from where he returned to the family workshop, located in an old industrial estate in Barcelona, where ceramic products for the building industry used to be produced. Nowadays, it is actually a focal point for antiques, which gives it a most inspiring atmosphere.
What fundamentally distinguishes Mañosa as a modern-day ceramicist is his boldness when it comes to combining different materials and to exploring new forms of expression. Another question by whichXavier Mañosa has always set great store, from the outset, is the way in which his work is presented, which is obviously a reflection of his training as a designer and the fact that he belongs to the ‘digital generation’. On the one hand, his work stands out as a brand and, on the other, he raises its prominence through his Web site and by participating in numerous exhibitions and promotional events both inside Spain and elsewhere.
Pieces by Apparatu have been exhibited at contemporary design fairs and festivals inLondon, Frankfurt, Saint- Étienne, Tokyo, New York, México and Stockholm, as well as in Madrid and Barcelona.
Hande Akçayli, Istanbul, Turkey, 1974
Murat Koçyigit, Kiel, Germany, 1974
Berlin based Mashallah is an interdisciplinary designstudio fascinated by the poetry of art and technology. Established in 2008 by Hande Akçayli and Murat Koçyigit, the studio follows a free and experimental design approach. Programming and sculpting solely in a software environment, the independent designs made under this label, combine digital design with traditional craft, resulting in contemporary relevant pieces.
The soul of Mashallah are Hande Akçayli & Murat Koçyigit. Hande Akçayli studied design and experimental Fashion in Moscow, Istanbuland at Berlin University of the Arts. Murat Koçyigit completed his Industrial Design studies with an emphasis on process design at the same University. Together they founded in 2008 Mashallah.