Antoni Arola set himself the task of bestowing dignity on traditional fluorescent tube technology, which has lit kitchens, offices and public buildings for decades with its odd toneless colour, in order to improve the colour of the light, lend it warmth and presence and even make it easier to use for information signs, if required.

Bulb Included
No
Depth
7cm
Diffuser
White screen
Height
11cm
Light Bulb Cap Type
G5
Light Bulb Type
Flourescent
Light Source Height
11cm
Light Source Width
148cm
Max Wattage
80w
Maximum Suspension Height
180cm
Minimum Suspension Height
40cm
Packaging Dimension 1
187x11x6cm
Packaging Dimension 2
152x9x8cm
Packaging Volume 1
0.01234m3
Packaging Volume 2
0.01094m3
Packaging Weight 1
3.1kg
Packaging Weight 2
1.9kg
Shade Finish
Transparent methacrylate with fire resistant fabric
Structure Finish
Grey
Structure Material
Aluminium
Total Cable Length
200cm
Weight
4kg
Width
166cm
Year
2007

The outcome is a unique 80W pendant lamp or a linear system that may be comprised by two, three or five 54W strips. Both arrangements are based on the same see-through methacrylate shade lined with fireproof leather on the inside. At the bottom, a diffusing mesh focuses the light vertically and can easily be detached in order to replace the light source.


Antoni Arola

Antoni Arola is one of today's top Spanish designers. He is known for a degree of versatility that has allowed him to create a range of brilliant designs, from a perfume bottle to a lamp to the interior design of key contemporary spaces. Winner of the 2003 National Design Award.

Antoni Arola was born in Tarragona in 1960. He studied at the Eina School in Barcelona until 1984, after which he started working in prestigious professional studios. He stayed for five years at the Lievore and Pensi studio, and four more at the Associate Designers, AD, a leading firm in technological design, directed by Ramón Bigas and Pep Sant. In 1994, Arola left AD and set up his own studio, Estudi Arola.

Arola's first experience in the lighting field was in 1994, when he designed a series of lamps. In 1997, he designed the Nimba lamp for Santa & Cole, a lamp with a shape of a light halo that received the ADI-FAD Award.

Some of his most popular and recent projects have been the interior design of the gourmet shop Mos (awarded «Best Shop in the World» by Barcelona's city council in 1999); the packaging of the Armand Basi Frangancies (International Fragrance Foundation award, 1999); the Ishi-Doro series of lamps for Metalarte (ADI-FAD Delta award in 1999), the Pallucco lamp (2000), presented at the last edition of the Milan Fair, that consolidated him as an industrial designer; the Sistema Flúor hanging system of colored fluorescents for Santa & Cole in 2001; the interior design of the chocolate shops Cacao Sampaka in 2000; and the successful Moaré Series for Santa & Cole (2003). After having received the Spanish Design Prize in 2003, Arola has achieved creative maturity, as can be seen for instance in his lamps for Santa & Cole, the Tau (2005) or the Cubrik (2006). Another important field of Arola's work are the ephemeral installations for fairs, thanks to which he achieves to express for a limited lap of time all of his brilliance. According to Arola, «Designers are only catalysts, mediators, filters. Everything is in the air; it only has to be brought to real life, by turning ideas into objects that will improve everyone's life».

Fascinated by Africa and by the extraordinary designs of satellites and spaceships, his work is pervaded with the subtle influence of shapes and icons of other cultures - Japanese and African. In these asiatic cultures Arola finds a symbolism and a way of understanding the universe that he incorporates to his daily life and work. His works also show his sculptural abilities, his love for drawing and his interest for contemporary art. But above all, what Arola admires most in design is common sense.

In 2007, Arola celebrated his studio's 10th anniversary with an exhibition, an audiovisual installation, that was held at the Sala Vinçon in Barcelona. In order to accompany the exhibition, Arola created Ten Light Years, a book published by Santa & Cole that goes through the decade he has been playing with light, and through which he reveals the story that belies behind each of his creations.


Santa & Cole is an editing company from Barcelona that lives for industrial design.