This spring, Vibia unveiled a new showroom, factory, and headquarters in Gavà, Barcelona. Intended to serve as much as the brand’s office as a gathering spot for visitors and designers, the expansive space regularly plays host to a range of guests. Among some recent visitors were a group of master’s students enrolled in the Architectonic Lighting Design programme at UPC, the Barcelona School of Professional & Executive development: BarcelonaTech. Together with their programme director, the renowned lighting designer Maria Guell, the students toured the headquarters and shared their impressions and favourite lighting designs.
Alexis Fuentes, from Puyo, Ecuador, was impressed by the overall “spacial light” and cited Meridiano by Meritxell Vidal and Jordi Vilardell; Break by Xuclà & Alemany; and Algorithm by Toan Nguyen as noteworthy fixtures.
Alejandra Kuri, from Monterrey, Mexico, spoke of how the showroom “reveals Vibia’s essence in a high-end, fluid space, with precise lighting accents to catch the viewer’s attention.” Among her favourites were the Guise and Origami pendants designed by Stefan Diez and Ramón Esteve, respectively.
Celeste Mazzucco, a student from Córdoba, Argentina, described the space as one of “no beginning and no end.” She was particularly drawn to Diez’s Guise pendant.
Also naming Guise as a favorite was Estefi Marti of Barcelona. She called his tour of the headquarters as an “encounter with light.”
From Quito, Ecuador, student María Isabel Ceballos poetically summarized her impressions of the space as “one lamp and the magic of light.” Among her preferred designs were Algorithm as well as the Rhythm and Wireflow fixtures by Arik Levy.
Juan Felipe Ortiz, who hails from Bucaramanga, Colombia, declared the headquarters “a space that lights creatively.” Ortiz selected Musa by Note Design Studio and Duo by Ramos & Bassols as two standouts.