Balancing the new and the traditional, Metalarte offers modern lighting from Barcelona, Spain. Applying Yin and Yang to production has resulted in the possibility of maintaining a catalogue that balances the future and the past, a tradition that began in a workshop at Madrazo Street in Barcelona.
Metalarte, is a manufacturer of traditional and avant-garde lighting whose origins date back to 1932. Metalarte, the world-renowned global company began within the warmth of a simple metalworking shop where its founder, Antonio Riera felt a unique passion for bright, appropriate lighting -- something most unusual in a country that used 125 volts until the beginning of the 1960s.
Today Metalarte combines a pride about its pioneer past and its new state-of-the-art factory and manufacturing abilities. Metalarte has chosen to work with such established and esteemed professional designers as Eric Franch, the Devessa Brothers, Josep Aregall, Alberto Lievore, Manuel Molina, Richard Ferrer and Manuel Molina.
To further the concept that the future is today, in 2003 Metalarte created its advanced laboratory, Metalab, that has commissioned such new designers as Jamie Hayón, Raymond Úbedy and Otto Candalda, Hector Seranno, Jordi Llopis, Emil Padros and Ana Mir.
Born in Barcelona, Jordi Llopis holds a Master of Arts in Furniture and Product Design from the Royal College of Art, London, and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design from the Elisava Design School of Barcelona. Llopis set up his own design studio in Barcelona after working successively for Metalarte (2002-2006), the Niall O?Flynn Studio (1994-1995 and 1998-1999) and Uli Marchsteiner Designer (1995-1996).
Since 2000, he has worked with various leading design companies and publishers and is currently engaged in developing new lamps for Bover and other manufacturers of lighting and urban furniture design.
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