Metalarte, S.A., Barcelona, Spain is a manufacturer of traditional and avant-garde lighting whose origins date back to 1932. The world-renowned global company began within the warmth of a simple metalworking shop where its founder, Antonio Riera felt a unique passion for bright, appropriate lighting -- something most unusual in a country that used 125 volts until the beginning of the 1960s.
Today Metalarte combines a pride about its pioneer past and its new state-of-the-art factory and manufacturing abilities. They have chosen to work with such established and esteemed professional designers as Eric Franch, the Devesa brothers, Josep Aregall, Alberto Lievore, Manuel Molina and Richard Ferrer. To further the concept that the future is today, in 2003 Metalarte created its advanced laboratory, Metalab, that has commissioned such new designers as Jamie Hayón, Raymond Úbedy and Otto Candalda, Hector Seranno, Jordi Llopis, Emil Padros and Ana Mir.
Ramón Úbeda (Spain, 1962) has been described as an architect by training, journalist by profession and designer by vocation. He started out working in design in 1984 and now designs on all these fronts. As a graphic and furniture designer, he has won various prizes, and his designs have been exhibited in cities such as London, Milan, Lisbon, Athens, Helsinki, Moscow, Tokyo, Shanghai, Mexico City, Buenos Aires as well as in such prestigious insitutions as MOMA in New York, Paris's Centre Georges Pompidou and the Beijing World Art Museum in China. One of his most notable lighting designs is the InOut lamp co-created with Otto Canalda and manufactured by Metalarte; since being launched in 2003, it has become one of Spain's most emblematic designs of recent times. Other fruitful collaborations with Canalda include the Janet chair (2008) for BD Barcelona Design, the Cul is Cool stool (2006) for ABR and Triana lamps and Nanit light (2006) for Metalarte.View other products by Ramon Ubeda