“A lamp emphasizes the human condition,” asserts Spanish designer Jaume Ramírez. “In our designs, the direct relationship between the object and the person is paramount” he adds, referencing his recent collaboration with European-based lighting company Marset. For Ramírez’s second Marset collection he focused on creating a minimalist design that spotlights a moveable point of light.
The Milana collection is comprised of modular pendant lamps that embody the idea of fluid movement, enabling designers to create various lighting compositions of size and color. Ramírez began his design by deconstructing the archetype of a lamp, synthesizing it as much as possible into its constituent parts, until only a cylindrical body—suspended with an integrated LED—remained. “A light is made for the user,” he says, “we take usability as a design exercise, and consider it from a poetic and magical perspective.”
To diffuse the Milana's warm , dimmable LED light within a room, Ramírez created two sizes of accompanying conical shades. Additionally, he engineered a unique counterweight system that allows the lamp to be height-adjusted or moved side-to-side with a gentle nudge. Deceptively simple, Milana allows designers and users alike to create a symphony of light through countless compositions such as backlighting a room's furniture or shining a spotlight on the dinner table.
“Having a lamp in a familiar space, with small variations, creates an object that is more than the sum of its parts—it is no longer just a simple cylinder and a screen, it is now part of you environment” explains Ramírez. “The Milana can be a very simple object, when treated as only a single point of light—but you can also make combinations that expand an entire room.”