‘I am a lighting consultant. I have a great knowledge of light. So when I make a lamp, I think beyond form and design and into the light itself. It is very important that you get a good light when you buy a lamp. It should be a light that has the highest quality.’
Originally trained as a coppersmith, Nikolay Marinov is a Danish-Bulgarian designer of lighting and light sources. His company MARINOV’s first lamp unites classic design principles with technology and modern ideas about the careful lighting of living spaces. Thus, it has been given a classic name: Locus, or place.
‘Most people don’t know about the possibilities of LED light sources so I have developed my own. What characterises it is that the light source is almost as big as the lamp. It provides a diffuse light. It will not blind and it presents colours extremely well,” says Marinov.
The three variants of Marinov’s lamp are Locus Classicus, Locus Bipes and Locus Tripus. Classicus is a classic pendant lamp with a shade made of antique copper, new copper or aluminium. Bipes is almost the same as Classicus but with the addition of leather straps around the cord and shade, while Tripus adds more leather to the shade and a woven leather cord.
According to Marinov, good design is not a matter of taste.
‘The most important thing is the look. It has to be simple and robust. When you look at something, it has to be appealing and impressive. The second thing you must experience as a viewer is the actual functionality. And the functionality is experienced with all the senses. It should be easy to use, it should fill a need, and the purpose of the design should be crystal clear. The third thing is the quality. It just has to be good quality; it should be obvious that professionals have made it.’
Marinov’s lamps, which are handmade in Copenhagen, come in two different sizes: 40 cm and 27 cm diameter. The light source is 30 W. This ensures a lot of light and the brightness and colour temperature can be adjusted. In the evening and the morning it can give sunrise and sunset, respectively.
To Marinov, the design is only one element of his lamps; the main thing is the light that emits from them. Focusing on the details and finishing touches in his work, Marinov believes that his lamps become more beautiful over time. They acquire a pleasing patina, he says.
‘To me, good craftsmanship is when the look, the functionality and the quality of the product come together. In other words, if your design becomes a family heirloom, then you have done something right.’
MARINOV only produces pendant lamps at the moment, but the designer is thinking about adding a table lamp and a wall lamp in the future.