marset — the barcelona-based brand known for its authentic and meaningful lighting projects — introduces a new lighting system to its collection, bearing simple shapes and gestures that allow for the creation of stunning light compositions. playing with contrast, adaptability, materiality and form, ‘ihana’ by joanna laajisto offers numerous creative interpretations for any interior environment, and brings new aesthetic possibilities to marset’s already-illuminating repertoire.
‘ihana’ comprises several opal blown glass diffusers that are aesthetically pleasing to the eye
‘ihana’ for marset has been designed by finnish architect joanna laajisto, guided by the values of her scandinavian heritage. rooted in functionality, quality, aesthetics, local craftsmanship, natural materials and ecology, laajisto argues that a well-designed project is the best form of sustainability, and that quality results are created together with those clients who share a passion for quality and beauty.
marset seeks to transmit these values through the edition of ‘ihana’ — the modular lighting system that allows for multiplicity, and change in color temperature. ‘ihana’ comprises several opal blown glass diffusers that are aesthetically pleasing to the eye, and create a contrast with the firmness of the metal structure from which they fasten to the ceiling.
the structure of ‘ihana’ can be extended to include 14 diffusers, connected to a single point of light
the initial idea for ‘ihana’ was born very naturally and effortlessly. often, a design is born of necessity, and ‘ihana’ — which means ‘exquisite’ in finnish — is one of them. ‘I created this lamp for our new studio in helsinki,’ laajisto shares. ‘we are located in a late 19th century stone building with very high ceilings in the heart of the city. I wanted something long and sculptural that would not be visually ‘heavy’ in the space where we spend most of the time. the idea of soft blown glass forms with a rigid but thin steel frame fit perfectly. the black color of the metal helps to perceive the shape. thus, this design becomes a silhouette softened by the shapes of the illuminated round glass.’
the glass diffusers are in contrast with the firmness of the metal structure from which they fasten to the ceiling
the sculptural lamp is defined by its pure, almost graphic forms, and by the balance between rigidity and fragility. ‘ihana’ is a synthesis of opposites, combining contrasting colors — the black metallic structure and white diffusers — and shades of old and new. ‘I always like to use a bit of black, as a contrast, to mark the limits of a space or an object,’ laajisto shares about the palette.