The designer Inma Bermúdez, author of the iconic FollowMe portable lamp, has just received the Spanish National Design Award.
The story of Inma Bermúdez and Marset
Marset's story with Inma Bermúdez began in 2011, when she was embarking on her career as a freelance industrial designer. It was at a fair in Moscow when she met Javier Marset - co-director of the brand - and there they exchanged views.
Once back in Spain, Inma began to investigate the Marset brand and, after speaking on several occasions, Javier sent her a catalog in which Inma discovered the Flass lamp, a design that Marset had published in the 70s.
"It was a tabletop one and I liked how the shade was held, that was my starting point. With the sketch in hand, Javier gave me his vision and told me about a market niche: battery lamps, says Inma Bermúdez.
For Inma Bermúdez, "the challenge was, above all, to create a lamp that makes you fall in love".
At that time, portable lamps barely existed, there was a path to open and follow, they represented an innovative change. "Normally, these had a camping aesthetic, so I started working to make it beautiful and functional. Together with the Marset technical department, we managed to create FollowMe in 2014."
A pioneer of portable lighting, this bold lamp has become an icon not only of Marset, but also of design. Its simple and light shapes, its tilting shade, the wooden handle, and the different light intensities have established it as a beautiful and practical lamp.
Available in 2 sizes and 5 finishes, the FollowMe is autonomous and wireless, works with a battery that can illuminate for 5 to 20 hours and has a USB-C input that makes it easy to recharge.
Inma Bermúdez: design to improve day-to-day life
In her own words, Inma Bermúdez describes her job as creating objects that improve the daily lives of people and companies. And so it is, she has achieved this with products such as tableware, watches, carpets, chairs or objects for pets.
Inma says that she often receives comments from all over the world, people who explain how the FollowMe is part of their lives: a design that accompanies them when they put their children to bed, that lights up dinners, camping, terraces, reading or simply provides warm illumination to the spaces where they normally live.
Recognition as an international designer
For years Inma Bermudez has established herself as a benchmark in international design. By winning this award, she has once again received another great recognition for her career.
From the Ministry of Science and Innovation, what has been most valued has been its journey of creative honesty and commitment to environmental and social sustainability. Its efforts to innovate through new processes and materials that are more respectful of the environment, at a time when everyday objects have to be in full harmony with sustainable development objectives.
Inma Bermúdez is the third woman - after Marisa Gallén (2019) and Pati Núñez (2007) and the youngest - to receive this award.