The MVV story begins in the 1970s. This new suspension lamp is a first, and was designed by Manuel Valls Vergés, one of Spain’s most notable architects at the time and partner of Jose Antonio Coderch for 15 years, alongside whom he undertook such prominent projects as the Ugalde house, near Barcelona.
The MVV name reflects Vergés’ initials, as a way of displaying his authorship of this unique lamp. That was the desire of his grandson, also an architect, and of his partners in the Two-bo studio. Pablo, María and Alberto rescued this lamp 45 years later. Marset, acting as a bridge in time, took the original design —an octagon with overlapping sheets— and updated it by giving it a dual skin: cherry wood on the outside of the sheets and a white colour inside to enhance the light quality.
The measurements are the same as the original’s —45 cm— and the interior structure, which was originally made of iron, is now polycarbonate, which makes it lighter. Through the use of wood, the MVV yields an exceptionally warm light. An understated, rational and eminently geometric lamp —the MVV is like a construction site, in which the direct, down-facing light is complemented by indirect light that filters through the sheets. A design that, though timeless, reflects the constructive logic of that period and evokes a great many memories
Materials & finishes Steel and glossy black polycarbonate structure housing 8 sheets of PET with cherry wood on the outside and a white interior. Transparent methacrylate diffuser at the top.
Bulb (not included) 1 x LED E27 8W 742LM 2700K IP20 rated.
- Size Description
Height: 27cm x Width: 45cm
Cable Length: 2m Black Cable
<p>Manuel Valls Vergés was born in Barcelona on 3 February, 1912. His father was a doctor and he originally wanted to be one too but in 1929, as a first-year student in the school of medicine, he visited the Barcelona International Expo and saw the Mies Van der Rohe pavilion: “Upon seeing the new materials and the beautiful things that could be made”, he decided to become an architect. He received his degree in architecture in 1940. A year later, he set up his studio with Jose Antonio Coderch.</p> <p>This partnership would last until the 60s, as they became part of the “first post-war generation”. His initial architectural phase was characterised primarily by constructing small, single-family homes on the coast of Catalonia. The simple shapes and whitewashed walls would reach their ultimate expression in the Ugalde House, near Barcelona, in 1951. This construction of extreme simplicity is one of the most admired works of Spanish architecture from the past fifty years. For Manuel Valls Vergés, luxury came through the quality of the construction</p>