Mariano Fortuny was born in 1871, Grenada, Spain. His artistic father died when Mariano was very young. His mom took notice to his artistic potential at a very young age, and invested into his past times – painting and textiles. During his childhood he would travel throughout Europe to seek out various artists and talent he admired.
Mariano became known as a textile and fashion designer, however after following Richard Wagner to Germany in 1892 to see a theatre specifically designed to hold operas, he became inspired to dive into lighting engineering. He played with ways to diffuse light and orchestrate ways to better transition plays and operas, using light. He patented his idea of the cyclorama dome and eventually was contracted to implement this sort of diffused light into various theatres. He eventually patented a light version of this, which was widely accepted within studio and theatre lighting and has been transformed, however the technology still is used to this day.
We are fortunate enough to have a Fortuny light here in the shop, and although we’ve had it for a while unlit, we lit it up the other day and couldn’t help but smile. The light is so warm and unobtrusive, nothing like quality light. It is now featured in our nap nook. Low leather chair and ottoman, carpet, bevvy stand and of course, this gorgeous glow.