A comprehensive project of open areas

We´re going to Granollers, a city in Barcelona province, to visit a new house from the architects at the Quatre Coses studio. A comprehensive renovation where the living area’s open zone plays a leading role.

The project has successfully brought dining room and kitchen together, and expanded the space given away to one of the bedrooms. We are now in a huge living room open to the natural light, which when it starts to fade is lit with STAN ceiling lights. And from the same collection, the wall light version is installed in the kitchen, right above the sink. From two single bedrooms, the architects have managed to create the master bedroom, also obtaining a much larger space. For reading lighting, right on the headboard-wall, they used LINK wall lights in bronze finish, providing coolness and modernity.

They did something similar with the child’s bedroom, previously the master which together with the old laundry room is now home to a large living room. Decorated with wallpaper painted with stars and moon, the LUNA wall light is installed right in the centre. It projects a pretty indirect light around the perfect structure to accompany evenings of games and sweet dreams. The bathroom, totally renovated, is lit by KOMBA pendant lights in beige and the mirror area and corridor, which displays the original brick, feature COTTON wall lights in black.

A comprehensive renovation whose result is a modern and functional home of open spaces, and which has found at Faro Barcelona a solution for the lighting in each room.
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5 common mistakes which make remote working complicated

At this stage, most people who work remotely have already acquired some habits and have made the appropriate changes in their workspace. Even so, new challenges appear to achieve productivity and wellbeing, and some mistakes which should be borne in mind:

1. Not setting working hours. As we have already become used to the flexibility afforded by working from home, what at the start was resolved with a few hours set aside for work with some breaks, has now turned into a job on demand depending on volume. This lack of order can cause fatigue and procrastination, in other words, leaving tasks for later.

2. Taking refuge in working alone. Remote working does not mean you have stopped being part of a company, and even more importantly, of a team. You need to be in touch with colleagues, hold follow-up meetings and keep encouraging collaboration, since developing within a team is no easy task and after achieving it, losing it would mean slowing down the group’s dynamics.

3. Forgetting what time of year it is. At many companies, remote working is here to stay, so aside from finding a place at home where we can perform our tasks, we should also consider how we are affected by daylight hours according to the season, and when we need artificial light to help us concentrate. It is important to position ourselves according to our dominant hand so there are no reflections on the desk, and support general lighting with a table lamp which can be adjusted (such as the INVITING lamp) or always project warm 4000K light. 4. Only planning short term. Becoming used to an uncertain situation does not mean that the company does not have long-term goals or that our career aspirations are smaller over time. The company, like our professional skills, must keep growing, although bear in mind that the future situation is uncertain, and needs us to all pull together. We must not lose our ambition and desire to find new challenges.

5. Leaving leisure by the wayside. What with our daily space becoming smaller and restrictions not allowing us to socialize so much outdoors, most people have abandoned their leisure activities. We need to resurrect them, even if it is in other forms or without moving too much because they are necessary in order to clear the mind, rest and return to work with more energy.
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Faro Barcelona lighting in a Barcelona attic

The architect David Labori has found at Faro Barcelona the perfect lighting for each corner of his latest project. And a ceiling fan, too.

It is the comprehensive renovation of an attic floor duplex in Barcelona’s Tres Torres neighbourhood. To make the most of the natural light and create a large communal space, the living-dining room, kitchen and laundry room were brought together, knocking down the interior walls and using glass sliding doors. There we find HYDE recess lights in black for the general lighting in the kitchen (also on the upper floor), a STAN recess light to illuminate the living room library and two pendant lights in grey from the KOMBO collection over the kitchen table. Installed over the dining room table, by contrast, is the PAM-G pendant light. The private aeras on the same floor, three bedrooms and three complete bathrooms, have been laid out to accommodate the bedrooms. In the master bedroom you will find SUAU wall lights, designed to project reading light, and in the children’s bedroom, with the same function, we find ACADEMY wall lights. The PEMBA fan has also been installed in the double bedroom, perfect for cooling down the summer nights and creating comfort all year round. Before we ascend to the duplex’s upper floor via an amazing staircase, we should note that it is lit by PLAS recess lights, as in the corridor, with the stairwell home to the PLUMA pendant light. A modern and impactful design combination which fits in very well with that space.

In this house’s upper part, designed with a renewable energies collection, we find a multifunctIonal living room and access to the terrace and to the balcony. Both outdoor spaces are lit by OLAN wall lights, with the SOUN-2 recess light on the terrace and the DART-1 recess light for the balcony.
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Faro Barcelona commits to honest sustainable design in its new 2021 catalogue

Learn from the difficulties of 2020 and look forward. With this declaration of intent, the Faro Barcelona designer lighting and ventilation brand presents its new catalogue.

More environmentally responsible designs which provide value for people predominate. The adaptability and the functionality of the light fixtures is one of the brand’s emblems.

Nueva llamada a la acción A good example of this is Isaac Piñeiro’s FUJI portable light. Its oriental style design enables it to function as a pendant light and as a table lamp. A proposal with which to “play” amongst the different positions of the shade and to place in both indoor and outdoor spaces thanks to the ingress protection against rain and dust. It is easily recharged with a USB cable.

This adaptability in spaces is also designed for projects. With the DOMINO wall lamp designed by Aldanondoyfdez, Faro Barcelona allows us to point the light in four positions with a different light opening in each one. As it is made from plaster it can be painted the same colour as the wall in order to be totally incorporated into the space.

Let’s go outside! To light up and decorate outdoor spaces, we can look forward to proposals like Yembara’s BROT collection. The design and sophistication are also transferred to the garden or the terrace with these minimalist and modern models. They also include a version with a cable to facilitate their installation and mobility. Faro Barcelona this year surprises us with its first two urban lighting collections: the RUSH and SCREEN series. Committed to technology and versatility, both have lantern, table lamp and stake versions, and with different lighting features deigned to bring together the best of urban lighting and transfer it to hybrid spaces, such as common entrances and circulation areas in urban developments or hotels. In this respect, it also presents new developments in technical lighting with the NESO HOLE light fixtures for the NESO magnetic track system, which enables specific series to be created for each project with recessed, suspended and surface installation. Also adaptable to projects are the new LED strips with multiple decorative applications which can be installed in corners or make shapes, and which emit a neon effect light. They are totally versatile.

In ventilation, where the brand is leader in Europe, they have gone a step further by applying IOT technology in the majority of its models. Thanks to that option, the fan can be controlled through a mobile phone or the house’s home system. As a new design, the COPPER fan stands out; a modern version of the mythical JUST FAN collection which has a copper motor.

Ultimately, Faro Barcelona wants to keep lighting up both domestic and professional spaces with the best design and innovation. This new catalogue is the result of an optimistic and demanding team, convinced that 2021 will be a year to shine.

Nueva llamada a la acción
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A property with sea views

On the coast of Tarragona, in Calafell, is one of Magamo Studio’s latest projects. It is a 90m2 family house on the seafront designed to rest and escape all year round.

With the reform the kitchen, the living room and the dining room have been unified creating a great community space and taking advantage of the sunlight. The whole room has custom-made wooden furniture, which manages to create a warm and comfortable atmosphere without leaving aside the modern and timeless design. A long corridor runs through the flat to the bedrooms and the bathroom, and has been illuminated with HYDE round recessed lights, which are perfectly integrated into the ceiling and provide good general lighting. Inside the main bedroom another model of Faro Barcelona lamp illuminates the room. This is the wall lamp with a reader designed by Nutcreatives FOLD, which, on both sides of the bed, is perfect for spot lighting and for reading before going to sleep. Its lampshade is made of fabric.

Both in the bedroom and in the dining room, the ALO fan has been installed to cool down the hot summer days. As it has a reverse function, it will also help the heating system in winter. Its design and finishes (black the motor and wood the blades) make it a perfect model for Mediterranean style, comfortable and warm spaces. Photography: Merce Gost
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Light and clarity in a reform in Sarriá

The architect Elisabet Guasch and the Estudi Nou studio have renovated a small house in the Sarrià district of Barcelona for a family of four.

The main refurbishment consisted in widening the entrance hall and unifying it with the living room and kitchen in order to make the most of the space and natural light. The result is an open space with a minimalist and very Mediterranean decoration in colours and details.

As natural light is important in this home, artificial light must fulfil the same function when the sun goes down, and that is why we find Faro Barcelona lights all over the house. Two KOMBO hanging lamps in beige finish dress the wooden kitchen worktop and some LED strips do it under the furniture. In the bedrooms, ORA and BEL wall lights, both in a white finish, are installed next to the beds to provide reading light. At the entrance we find the KAMEN wall lamp in beige and in the children’s room, apart from the wall lights mentioned, we also find the MARGOT hanging lamp. The small interior patio is also one of the spaces where the lighting of Faro Barcelona is present with the TASA ceiling lights and the dark grey FOC spotlight. The list is completed by the ALO fans in the double room and the living room, which, although they are not luminaires, provide comfort and wellbeing throughout the year and manage to maintain the warm style of the entire floor. Photographs by Sara Adroer.
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A very Mediterranean home illuminated by Faro Barcelona

Architect Travis Wright of the DOS studio has refurbished what could well be a perfect holiday home.

In a totally Mediterranean style, the house opens onto a garden with a porch and a swimming pool. Inside, there is a dining kitchen, separated by a bar, and a double bedroom with a bathroom upstairs. In all the rooms the natural wood of the chariots and the doors dominate the style, in contrast with the white of the walls and the noble materials of the furniture. In every corner of this refuge there is a Faro Barcelona designer light, which provides the lighting solution according to the need. Such as the LE PETIT wall lights in white finish on both sides of the bed that are perfect as a reading light, or the VERSUS lamp for the porch and garden, because it is designed for outdoor environments that do not want to lose any style. In the room they have also counted on the ALO fan, made of wood and silent.

Inside we find a fantastic combination of the MINE hanging lamps above the dining table, which breaks with the rustic air and gives it a lot of light and freshness. In this open space, and illuminating the sofa area, two extendable WHIZZ wall lights. And from the same collection in a hanging version, two lamps illuminate the kitchen bar.
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An Italian project with GUADALUPE

The GUADALUPE wall lamp with green shade is the protagonist of the bedroom of HOUSE RS, the new project of the STUDIOTAMAT architects in Garbatella, Rome.

The main elements of the renovation are the open spaces distributed by the original beams, which are visible. This new home was originally a laundry room and now has 75 metres of living space.

In the main room we find the wall lamp version with reader in black finish and green screen from GUADALUPE, the modern, cheerful and daring collection from Faro Lab that gives a twist to the classic bedroom lighting. The interior designers have had a luminaire on each side of the bed to be used as a reading light. At the same time they accompany an incredible built-in wardrobe with glass doors.
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Turn your new flat into a home

The pandemic has made us reframe many things about our everyday life that we used to take for granted: needing more space or, conversely, learning to live with less, being close to nature or the need to live near the people who are most important.

Whichever it is, there are many people who have decided to embark upon a new stage in a different place. And, faced with a move and a new space to fill up, lighting plays a fundamental role in turning it into a home.

A cosy ambience

The most important thing is to feel relaxed and comfortable. In the bedroom, the lighting around the bed can accompany you while resting and relaxing, or during the final conversations of the day. The LINK collection, designer lighting in three different finishes, is a good option in either wall light, table lamp or also floor lamp format.

Indeed, floor lamps are a very good option for busier spaces like the living room or hallway. The rattan of the MAMBO collection, for instance, conveys warmth, calm and a nice hot cup of coffee while looking out the window at the cold. Design everywhere

Of course, is it important to not just focus on the main rooms. The whole house can be perfectly lit up while taking into account the design and personal style of the people who live in it. This is why the STAN wall lamps are perfect for general lighting. And if you are even more daring, the MOY wall lamps can turn your bathroom into a true stylish space. And in the kitchen, another family meeting point, we can also find lights that help to light up shared moments. The PAM design can be perfectly incorporated above a countertop and to match the appliances. No corner is forgotten

Lighting will make a space more alive, modern and comfortable, so we must not leave any corner out. If we do not have the option to install lights or have furniture that is difficult to combine, a good option will be portable lights. Not only will you be able to move them and change where you put them whenever you need to, they will also bring light and a lot of character to your home. We love the JELLYFISH and HOSHI collections for their forms and finishes, and they also have portable versions which are charged with a USB cable. Whatever your new house or flat is like, you will surely turn it into the cosy family home you are looking for. A pleasant space, which is a reflection of you and yours, and where the lighting accompanies as you enjoy the home you have created.
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FUGA lights up the new CATBAG shop

Studioapart is once again leading the renovation of the CATBAG shops and in its latest renovation it has used the FUGA projectors from Faro Barcelona.

With the aim of creating a modern and attractive space for the young public, the new backpack and handbag shop has as its main element a metal grid that serves to display the product in a “versatile way”. The architects also wanted to open the shop to the outside and, this same structure combined with two other materials, allows it to be used as a showcase and to see the products from the street.

To illuminate this very important area we find the FUGA spotlights, a family of technical lighting with a refined design where all the elements are housed inside the spotlight casing. They have chosen the black finish to continue with all the aesthetics of the premises which is very urban and has signs in neon lights. FUGA can also be oriented on both the vertical and horizontal axis, making it perfect as an accent light in renovations like this one.
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