An ICFF Preview: Marset’s Discocó Suspension Lamp

If you’re at all fond of disco, you’re already well on your way to being smitten by Discocó, the prodigious pendant lamp by Christophe Mathieu for Marset that’s one part re-imagined disco ball, one part luminous bursting artichoke, and one part intricate apparatus of surreal reflection. The large ceiling lamp is constructed of some thirty-five generously lacquered ABS disks. Said overlapping, diffusive platelets establish the light’s unique aesthetic—reminding me of the articulating armor of an albino armadillo—while also creating its intriguing reflective interplay: “On the outside, this reflection varies depending on the angle of the light, at the same time as providing direct illumination from its underside.”

Discocó Suspension Lamp. Designed by Christophe Marset.

Discocó’s New Color Range Creates Enhanced Effects

For this year’s ICFF, Marset has increased the size and scope of the Discocó range. Up-sizing from the earlier, smaller version (35 cm diameter), the manufacturer now offers a new suspension model with the impressively-large dimension of 132 cm. This represents a sort-of horizontal move for Marset, as the larger piece is sure to increase the fixture’s prominence in commercial venues. Indeed, judging from the display photos on Marset’s website, Discocó is already well on its way to a consummate show-stopping centerpiece in restaurants, bars, and posh hotel lobbies. The increased color range (in addition to white, Marset now offers it in turquoise blue, chocolate, and sand) further expands Discocó’s aesthetic repertoire while also offering some intriguing differences in how the piece distributes its light.

Discocó Suspension Lamp by Christophe Mathieu

Discocó Suspension Lamp by Christophe Mathieu

Discocó Suspension Lamp by Christophe Mathieu

About the Manufacturer: Spain’s Marset began the journey towards designing and manufacturing their impressive range of decorative, outdoor, and architectural lighting back in the 1940s as a family metal casting business. The solid background in this weighty metallurgical art has served them well. Now armed with a pervasive yen for “curiosity and the ability to envisage the shape of things to come,” the company is dedicated to innovation in lighting. The range tends toward svelte lines and contemporary contours, but there’s room for imaginative flights of fancy too, such as the sculptural Ondalina and the daringly translucent Montana table lamp.

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