designjunction ✕ Marset

Barcelona based lighting brand Marset will be exhibiting at designjunction this year as part of lightjunction. We caught up with CEO Javier Marset ahead of their return to dig deeper into his thoughts on design, launching new products and making the world a more comfortable place.

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  • Why Marset?
    It is a kind of destiny to join the family business, and make it grow, and put it in the world of big brands in the industry. This is the challenge.
  • What does design mean to you?
    Design is the process of thinking before doing. Although I do not myself design, as design editors we must approve what the company is doing, we must be a filter. We are the first filter between creativity and the market.
  • Where do you work the best?
    I am very lucky to work in an office that is actually a garden. I like being outdoors and the weather in Barcelona makes this much easier.
  • What motivates you?
    Being able to make the world a bit nicer and more comfortable.
  • What does Marset bring to the design world that other brands don’t do?
    A casual and relaxed design atmosphere wherever our lights are installed, plus an extremely high quality of light.
  • What is the biggest challenge facing the design industry?
    There is an absolute excess of everything and we should be very careful when launching new products.  There is a question we always ask ourselves: why does this product deserve to be in the world?
  • What’s the most important lesson you’ve learnt so far in your career?
    Avoid over-excitement; be optimistic, but be realistic.
  • What’s the one piece of advice you would give someone starting out in the industry?
    Be passionate but be patient.
  • If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
  • What’s your biggest weakness?
    It’s a secret.
  • Why designjunction?
    It works.
  • Traditional or contemporary?
  • Instagram or Twitter?
  • Sketchbook or computer?
  • Form or function?
    Form must follow function always.
  • Early bird or night owl?
    Depends on what happenned the day before.
  • Favourite design product?
    Paper clip.
  • Best spot in London?
    Walking along Regent’s canal.
  • Best place to get away?
    The night jar.
  • Best restaurant?
    I loved the Assagi but closed a couple of years ago. I would recommend Quo Vadis at Soho.
  • Best hotel?
    Ace hotel.

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