There is no interesting story without a curious start and the leading player in ours is a battery.
There is no interesting story without a curious start and the leading player in ours is a battery. Yes, you read that right, a battery. Carlos López López, a tenacious man from a humble background, started the business by selling Jupiter batteries in a shop measuring only 10 square meters in 1940s Barcelona.
He soon added the sale of angle point lights to the battery business.
He soon added the sale of anglepoise lights to the battery business to help a great friend who specialized in assembling these desk lamps. Our founder’s job consisted of photographing them and traveling all over Spain to sell them. His charisma turned this job into his main source of Income and quickly bore fruit.
The great success of the sale of anglepoise lights led him to found LOREFAR in 1951
The great success of the sale of anglepoise lights led him to found LOREFAR in 1951. The first letters of his last name, Lopez, and that of his wife, Orejudo, together with the word “Faro” made up the name of the family business.
Bravery and an enterprising spirit are transferred from father to son.
Bravery and an enterprising spirit are transferred from father to son and it is in the 1970s that Carlos Lopez Orejudo, the baby of the family, joins the business with his father’s best advice: be bravely enterprising and never give up.
In very difficult times across the globe, Carlos López Orejudo decides to take a risk.
In very difficult times across the globe, and a great crisis in Spain, the business suffers a big recession.
Despite this situation, Carlos López Orejudo recalls his father’s advice and decides to take a risk. He boards a plane to Hong Kong with the sole purpose of revising the business by expanding the product offering. This is how he manages to make the company stronger and Faro also becomes the first ceiling fan importer in Spain. During this new phase, the company continues to grow and becomes Spain’s expert in lighting and ventilation.
In 1991 the first exports to the French market begin and are a great success.
In 1991 Carlos Martí, a close friend of Carlos Lopez Orejudo, joins Faro as General Director and starts the first exports to the French market which are a great success. The company expands its horizons and moves to a spacious 1,200m2 building in Santa Eulalia and already has a staff of 12. Unfortunately and not long after joining as General Director, Carlos Martí suddenly passes away and this is when Xavier Martín Conillas takes over Faro as General Director.
Change of direction for the business to achieve brand differentiation.
Xavier Martín begins an important change of direction for the business to achieve brand differentiation. His vision evolves from importer to designer of own models, emphasizing the creativity and quality of the design. He also boosts international expansion, starting the first exports to Italy and other European countries.
The company benefits from its growth to professionalize.
In 2007, the company benefits from its growth to professionalize. Moving to an industrial warehouse with over 10,000m2 of storage space and over 2,000m2 of offices and display space in Castellbisbal provides the ideal setting for this new phase. Its team comprises more than 60 professionals from different departments.
The company buys BioscaBotey, one of the most emblematic lighting brands.
The year 2011 becomes a whirlwind of emotions. The purchase of BioscaBotey, one of Catalonia’s most emblematic and traditional lighting brands, enables Faro Barcelona to get closer to potential end customers and create synergies that expand and improve its business.
Faro Barcelona experiences an evolution that leads it to reinvent itself.
Faro Barcelona experiences an evolution and growth that is so significant that it leads the brand to reinvent itself. The new image seeks to better express the current identity: dynamism, freshness, approachability, creativity and wellbeing.
The brand operates in over 110 countries around the world.
Nowadays, the Faro Barcelona team is made up of over 100 enthusiastic people and the brand operates in over 110 countries around the world. It has received many awards in recent years, including two Red Dot Awards, an IF Design Award, three German Design Awards, and one Green Product Award, among others. The brand already has a presence in showrooms located in cities as important as Madrid, Barcelona, Milan, London, and Tokyo.
Hook represents our commitment to the environment and society.
Hook is the soul of our brand. An initiative that represents our commitment to the environment and society. Manufactured in Spain, it is made with recycled bottle tops and is totally recyclable. Its ecological design reduces environmental impact by 70% and contributes to social inclusion since it is assembled by people with different disabilities from the Fundació El Maresme foundation. Furthermore, the sale of one Hook feeds one child in Zambia for an entire school year thanks to our collaboration with the NGO Mary's Meals.
How we act, produce, and design defines who we are and the commitment we have with people and the planet. Sustainability is one of the values that most represents us. We follow a strategic plan that helps us to improve each day in all the company processes and departments. Our goal is to help improve people’s quality of life and achieve a better world.