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.
After studying at the Escuela Superior de Diseño Eina (Eina Superior School of Design and Art) in Barcelona Antoni Arola start his career at the Estudio Lievore y Pensi and later joined the company Associate Designers. In 1994 Antoni Arola Started his own studio in Barcelona, Estudi Arola.
Arola has undertaken design work in a variety of lighting projects for Santa & Cole, Metalarte, B&D, and Viabizzuno. He is acknowledged as a versatile and original designer both for his artistic talents and the inspiration he draws from ancestral cultures, standing out because of his sculptural vision of light.
Antoini Arola has been awarded two Delta Design Awards, and in 2003 won the Nacional Design Prize - awarded for "The maturity of a professional career that covers a wide spectrum, ranging from interior design to product design, displaying a great consistency, originality and passion"(jury's note).View other products by Antoni Arola