Estibaliz Martin’s favourites

The Basque interior designer Estibaliz Martin has been working on renovation, interior design and design projects for years. Furthermore, she has been at the helm of her own studio for over five years, creating customised comprehensive projects with meticulous attention to detail to satisfy her clients.

This is probably why she has used Faro Barcelona light fittings for some time. Knowing the people who will occupy the space well helps her to prioritise, to create modern, functional spaces and to choose the most appropriate lighting for each of those challenges.

For one of her latest projects, she chose the BERNI floor lamp to light the living room. It is a large space with a corner next to the sofa that needs a support light and that, thanks to its white finish, goes well with the modern, minimalist decor. Another favourite of Estibaliz is the LINK series, whose table lamp she has put in another space on both sides of the bed and supported on the headboard. In this case, it is important to be able to direct the light beam and that they act as reading lights. And if there is one complete collection that the interior designer has used in more than one corner of the house it is LINDA. She has used its pendant lamp to bathe the central zone of a dining room table, since it maintains a timeless, classic style in order to combine with any furniture finish, and the table lamp to light the entrance and break up the classic style of a rustic table.
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HOOK got to sponsor a school in Zambia

Zambia, an African country located in the centre-south of the continent, is today one of the poorest regions in the world.

Two thirds of the population lives in poverty working in the fields and mining, and although the numbers of schooling are not low, the number of children who drop out of school to find work, food or help at home is high.

With this backdrop, Scottish NGO Mary’s Meals has one of its projects underway: every day, they serve a porridge made of local food to more than 134,000 children attending schools, securing a plate of food for the day and class attendance. This work has been carried out in more than 18 countries for 17 years, and Faro Barcelona wanted to support it with the launch of the ecological HOOK lamp. With each sale of this luminaire, a part is destined to help one of Mary’s Meals projects. Last year, we set out to do so in a school in Zambia.

Challenge achieved! 207 boys and 186 girls have benefited from contributions for a whole school year at the Dumisa School, in the Chipata district. Such as Olivia, a student who is very clear that she wants to continue studying and is grateful to eat at the school“The porridge helps me concentrate.”

Committed to helping those who need it and building a fairer and more sustainable world, we will continue to collaborate with Mary’s Meals and its efforts to feed and school all children. A lamp designed to reduce environmental impact, HOOK is packed in Fundació El Maresme, and also fills plates, smiles and futures.
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Tips for choosing your ceiling fan

Choosing a good fan is synonymous with well-being. To create a pleasant atmosphere in your home and turn it into your resting space. This is also possible in winter thanks to the inverse function, so it is important to have these tricks clear all year round.

SPACE

It is very important to know where we want to install the fan. For safety reasons, there must be a minimum height of 2.3 m from the floor to the blades and for heights over 2.8 m, shank extensions must be used. At the same time, there must be a minimum of one metre between the fan and the next object (such as furniture). If it is a sloping ceiling, you need to look for fans that are suitable (you will find one in our catalogue) and respect the maximum angle of 20º.

According to the size of the bedroom the diameter of the fan has to be:

BLADES

The number of blades directly influences how much breeze is generated: fewer blades, more air. Furthermore, some fans change the direction of movement of the blades, which include the reverse function to improve the heating system in winter.

Regarding material, it is important to know:

ROTATION

Each space requires an appropriate range of fan rotation speeds. For the bedroom or office, a low speed of 50-100 rpm is better, since it cools down, but does not disturb, and for large spaces such as the dining room or a business with a room, a maximum rotation speed of 200-300 rpm is be better, since aside from cooling down, it will disperse smoke and odours.

CONSUMPTION

The type of motor determines the consumption and the characteristics of the effect of the fan. They can have an AC (alternate current) motor or DC (direct current) motor. The former, more common, heat up much more, while the later are low consumption, more silent and capable of operating at very low speeds.

To assess consumption, it should also be taken into account whether they have light incorporated, whether they are compatible with a kit or whether they are not suitable. Indeed, the main function of a fan is to regulate the climate, so the intensity of the light it provides will be discrete.

ACTIVATION

There are three ways to control a fan: CHAIN, REMOTE CONTROL AND WALL REGULATOR, each of which has its own advantages and disadvantages.

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How to prepare your house for summer with Pía Capdevila

The interior designer tells us about her tips to have a comfortable, cool home in summer. Taking refuge in her house in Empordà and reading a good book on her porch are all Pía Capdevila needs. While as a girl she spent her summers by the sea, it is in the middle of the countryside where she now feels she can relax and switch off.

This interior designer, who has been working on design, architecture and decoration projects for over 10 years, defines her style as very much her own. She likes working with basics and neutrals, in order to then add colour with fabrics and patterns, and needs to know the space and her clients very well in order to start drawing and imagining.

Coolness and naturalness

Summer for her is a mojito and plans to spend time with her loved ones. And when it comes to decorating, she goes for natural fibres and colours with their own light like yellow, which is very fashionable this season. She also recommends turquoise and coral, using lights and light bulbs for chill out areas, cane materials, light fabrics as bases and fruits and plants as table centrepieces.

“Mixing is done more during summer! You need to avoid textiles that are not fresh or that are heavy; the rest is allowed. The sun puts us in a good mood.”

It must be silent

And following this style mantra, we delve into one of her latest projects, a small duplex in a coastal town. Using white as the base, the wooden elements like the floor and some furniture create a much more open and calm space. The colour turquoise also provides contrast and personality. The ECO INDUS fan stands out in the centre of the dining room, which with its design adapts to the interior designer’s summer essentials: “I’m looking for it to integrate perfectly with the ceiling and go unnoticed.”

Speaking of ventilation, Pía recommends the Panama style fans for the porch and tells us that for her the fan must be silent.

This might be why she chose the MINI MALLORCA model for the renovation of her own house in Empordà. In an amazing renovation project, the interior designer has managed to design a space that is open to nature, comfortable and calm. The white fan with maple wood blades is the perfect accompaniment to the decor of neutral tones and natural elements of the wicker or cane objects, and at the same time allows the dining room to be cooled and prepared for a siesta or some quiet relaxation time.

Wellbeing, in the end, is what we are all looking for in our homes and in our everyday lives. At Faro Barcelona we believe that it is the most important thing for people and we think about how an object can make you feel, live and connect with your lifestyle. Working with the best interior designers and amazing projects allows us to accompany people in their summers.
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‘3 days of design’, inspiration and trends

A few days ago we flew to Copenhagen to attend the city’s design week, ‘3 days of design’. We did it within FRAMING, an event that brings together important design brands in the incredible Odd Fellow palace.

The space, designed by Studio Flemming Lindholdt, was designed to bring the most emotional and least intrusive part of each proposal and group companies with their objects create an experience. Faro´s philosophy that we take advantage of to make the brand known among entrepreneurs in the hospitality sector, design students, interior designers and architects. In a particularly young environment, the WHIZZ collection and the portable LAMPANOT lamp that reminds Barcelona and that the visitors related to the city triumphed. They highlighted the freshness and our dynamism.

Showing our designs next to those of brands such as ARPER, VICCARBE, HUGUE or VERGÉS was a great opportunity. Our design team also highlighted the proposals of the Danish MUUTO and HAY and the level of the exhibitions. They defined the experience as ‘a different and necessary exhibition to get closer to the Nordic design’ and they returned delighted with the city ‘that pampers every detail and is inspiring in general’.
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Clerkenwell and the London design

If in London there is a neighbourhood where the best showrooms, the latest trends and the new creators meet, that is Clerkenwell. And a few days ago we participated in the design week organized by the district.

In a collaboration with Solus, a British brand of ceramics and material for interior design projects, we fly to the English capital with a very special selection from our catalogue. The attendees, mostly interior designers and recognized architects, highlighted the HOSHI lamp and the JELLYFISH collection.

It was a very good opportunity to make the brand known among the best specialists in the United Kingdom, exchange impressions with other companies of design objects and reaffirm ourselves in a young and dynamic environment.
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The first time at Materials&Light

In mid-April, we participated at our first Parisian fair Materials&Light with a selection from our latest collection.

Organised by renowned magazine DA Architecture in central Paris, the fair brought together design professionals, architects and distributors. It was a good stage upon which to reaffirm the strong presence of Faro Barcelona on the French market and to meet with its audiences at a luxurious location.

Around 2,000 visitors passed through Carreau du Temple, a modernist style pavilion, in addition to our stand, where they could get to know models such as HOOK, JELLYFISH or LINK. Of them all, the hanging version of LE VITA, the fan JUST FAN and the wall light NIKO triumphed:

LE VITA is a collection designed by Nahtrang with a delicate and simple style. LE VITA evokes elegant, simple and harmonious life. A classic space that lets the magic in.

JUST FAN is one of our star fans. Silent and efficient, it has a DC motor and reverse function. It is designed to cool down the temperature, but, above all, to provide wellbeing and style.

NIKO is another design by Nahtrang for people who need to recharge their batteries before going to sleep or to bed. It has a wireless charger incorporated and its light can be regulated. Ideal for the bedroom.

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New showroom with HUS Milano

During the Euroluce Fair, the space dedicated to lighting at the Salone del Mobile in Milan, we inaugurated a collaboration with HUS Milano.

It is a very careful selection of our latest collection at the showroom of this design atelier on Via della Moscova. A union that enables us to be at the epicentre of design with a permanent showroom in cooperation with our partner. Many of our designs could be found there, such as HAN, NIKO, TAKE AWAY, LE VITA and WHIZZ, among others, in a space with much charm and design history. Villa della Moscova is located in the Brera Design District, the zone that hosted other initiatives dedicated to design, making the most of the time when the Salone was not open and becoming a relaxed meeting point for professionals in the sector.

The exhibition “Inspired in Barcelona: Mediterranean Design” organised by Centre del Disseny and Cluster Habitat also took place there. With the purpose of bringing a representation of Mediterranean design to the city of Milan, it selected the lights LOOP and LOTUS, and models of another 40 consolidated Spanish brands.

Two very important and interesting collaborations that completed the experience at Euroluce, a week dedicated to design, new projects and inspiration.
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