Mar de Cava is a design gallery, located in a huge space in Barcelona city centre, exhibiting a relevant collection of furniture from most emergent European designers. The challenge of this project was to create a space almost only using light. We aim to generate an atmosphere for different type of furniture while giving a particular identity to a space in constant transformation.
Light emphasises the old ceiling of the gallery as the best strategy to put the existing space in value. Five giant luminaries- each one composed by six arms- light the gallery space, having the same dimension of white beam structure of the ceiling. Each luminaire is an ordered and accurate structure. Together, they compose a chaotic view. Luminaires seem a deconstruction of the ceiling, like an explosion being put in order.
Each arm of the luminaire is made of standard extruded profile in aluminum, sticking to other arms through a special plate laser cutting in iron at the end of each arm. The center of this plate is suspended from the ceiling by a 5mm stick. Each arm is also fixed to the ceiling with an iron wire of 2mm. Each arm uses two fluorescent lamps T5 connected with lateral plugging. They are switched in two different groups. The white coating of the aluminum profiles reduces the glare by contrast. The non-horizontal position of the arms permits some flux emission to the ceiling.