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    Fast Take with Javier Marset

    While in Barcelona, Spain, Interior Design caught up with Javier Marset of Marset Illuminación S.A., a family-owned business started in the 1940s. Today, Marset distributes globally and boasts an international team of lighting designers, many of whom are well-known artists in their own right.  Here, we talk briefly with Javier Marset about his company, the industry and the importance of sustainability.

    Interior Design: What is the biggest challenge facing your company today?

    Javier Marset: To achieve a strong international presence and make the A&D community get to know the quality products we offer.

    ID: Where do you see the area of biggest growth for your company in terms of product category?

    JM: Our decorative collection and the new product development techniques for the architectural collection, based on a revolutionary application of the LED technology.

    ID: What is the next major innovation you see in the lighting category?

    JM: The development of LED technology at all levels… something that it is already happening.

    ID: What is driving this innovation?

    JM: Our commitment to build a better and more sustainable world for the coming generations.

    ID: How important are Green initiatives in the market?

    JM: They are very important, but I’m afraid that sometimes it’s more a marketing strategy than a real and sincere compromise. We need to rethink how and why we consume.

     ID: How important is Green for your company?

    JM: We want people to know that when buying our products, they are buying quality products that will accompany them all their lives. That’s what is really sustainable:  fewer and better products, with an extraordinary durability, both for the functionality of the product itself, and for its design.

    ID: What changes do you see in the industry over the next decade?

    JM: If I’m asking the consumer to be responsible in regards to his consuming habits, then the industry needs to think and define him as a producer. Not everything counts.

    ID: What do you think will be the biggest shift?

    JM: Just that: To rethink the existence of a given product and try to be more rigorous in that sense.