With numerous collaborations resulting in brands like Marset, Joan Gaspar has designed his fair share of modern lighting. We go behind the scenes with designer Joan Gaspar to get the story behind his newest fixture for Marset: The Aura LED Wall Sconce.
Q. You credit Lluís Porqueras as a key influence in learning the craft of design. How have his designs influenced your design philosophy?
Joan Gaspar (J.G.) Lluís taught me the job of the designer. It may sound strange nowadays, but we do see designing as a job. I feel a great appreciation for him, and I have excellent memories of all the years that we worked side by side. And when we now meet, he tells me with pride that I am an “improved version.” But it’s not true.
Q. When approaching the design of Aura, did you always intend glass as the medium?
(J.G.) Yes, always.
Q. We’ve read that the design was inspired by a simple glass carafe, which is not immediately apparent in the design. Tell us about your inspiration.
(J.G.) I’ve always been interested in the glass containers traditionally used in industry to hold liquids, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, dyes, etc.—for their shape, but above all for their different colors and sizes.
Q. What is the manufacturing process of the Aura?
(J.G.) The exterior is made of blown glass, and the interior hardware is injected plastic and aluminum. These techniques are indispensable for achieving the virtuous simplicity of the object’s design.
Q. Is LED important to your designs?
(J.G.) LED technology has made designing lamps infinitely more fun and exciting, without a doubt.
Q. If you could place Aura anywhere in the world, where would you be most proud to have your work on display?
(J.G.) Any specifier or customer who chooses to use one of my designs for their project is plenty exciting enough for me.
Q. You serve a multi-faceted role at Marset as both Designer and Product Manager. Do you find that the roles are complimentary and do you prefer one over the other?
(J.G.) Yes, they are certainly complimentary. I think being an industrial designer allows me a broader range of reasoning and solutions when choosing and designing other products for the Marset collection. In fact, I’m much more proud of Marset’s product trajectory than I am of any one individual design. From my position, I am able to analyze the Marset collection as a whole. That’s my role in reality: to ensure that what we produce maintains our style and our values; that our pieces maintain coherence despite their differences, and that they portray a way to understand the interaction between light and objects. I not only oversee what we produce, but how we do so; and how we do things has an influence on what we produce.
Q. When you’re not busy bringing great designs to market, what do find yourself doing?
(J.G.) I love spending time with my family, taking long motorcycle trips with my wife, and participating in moto trials (a form of motorbike competition in which you traverse obstacles without putting your feet on the ground). That’s my great passion!
Jocelyn's passion for all things design stems from her love of architecture. Having grown up in Peru and spending time in London for graduate school, she has an affinity for travel and is constantly inspired by it. Aside from being an internet dweller on her free time, Jocelyn also enjoys photography and eating all the tasty noms.