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Singular Lighting was founded on the belief that light makes a positive impact on our daily lives.  Our mission is to create honest and timeless lights that transcend mere trends and stands the test of time.

Pieces by Singular Lighting combine sustainable wood with the latest technology, complementing residential, commercial, and hospitality spaces.

Our original products are designed and manufactured locally in Barcelona and Madrid. We strongly believe in supporting local manufacturers and artisans, allowing us to observe and choose the development and production of our fixtures carefully and consciously. As a result, our products’ quality and reliability can elevate any given experience.

To offset our carbon footprint, we collaborate with the One Tree Planted initiative by planting one tree in the Andes Mountains for every light bought. [LEARN MORE]

DESIGNER

Germán González Garrido was born in Argentina in 1974 and studied Architecture at University of Buenos Aires.

He is the founder and creative director of Singular Lighting and Gonzalez Garrido design studio.

After graduating in 2001, he worked on a wide range of successful projects in the areas of interior design, product design, and ephemeral installations for clients in Europe and Asia.

He began designing lighting objects in 2014 and co-founded Singular Design in 2017 with the aim of designing and crafting interactive lighting products.

In 2020 Singular Design evolved into Singular Lighting to focus on creating sustainable lights for these changing times.

Germán has a passion for design and a keen sense for space, light, and colour. He takes his creative drive from a fusion of crafting and research with an experimental approach, from strategic ideation to implementation, creating honest, long-lasting, and meaningful designs.

Gonzalez Garrido

EXHIBITIONS

2020 // Madrid
Producto Fresco
2019 // Madrid
Ese Objeto de Deseo - IKB+Caotics
2019 // Madrid
Producto Fresco - DIMAD
2019 // Madrid
Architect@Work
2019 // Barcelona
Architect@Work
2018 // Frankfurt
Light + Building
2018 // London
Design Junction
2018 // Vancouver
L A M P
2018 // Madrid
BID
2018 // Madrid
Producto Fresco
2017 // London
Design Junction
2017 // Madrid
Producto Fresco

QUECHUA NAMES

We name our lamps in Quechua in tribute to the language of the Incas, who lived in harmony with nature, following clear ecological guidelines regarding the conservation and management of natural resources.

The Quechua was originally born in the early 13th century in what is now Peru and became the vehicular language of the Inca Empire. The language spread further to other territories that the empire conquered.

The Inca Empire became the largest empire in pre-Columbian America. The administrative, political and military Centre of the empire was located in the city of Cusco.

The Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire (1532-1572), also known as Conquest of Peru, was one of the most important campaigns in the Spanish colonization of the Americas and the proximate cause of the collapse of the Inca Empire.

The long-term effects of the arrival of the Spanish on the population of South America were simply catastrophic. The Incan population suffered a dramatic and quick population decline ratio of 58:1 during the period of 1530–1571.

The single greatest cause of the decimation of native populations was Old World Eurasian diseases, which had long been endemic on the Continent, were carried by colonists and conquistadors. As these were new to the natives, they had no acquired immunity and suffered very high rates of death. More Incas died from this disease than any army or armed conflict.

Since the collapse of the Inca empire, Quechua suffered a process of devaluation related to social stigma, considering Quechua speakers as of a lower social class, which has sometimes caused the language to stop being transmitted from parents to sons. Speaking this language was repressed out of fear and dread. It was the passport for a miserable future.

Despite centuries of contempt, local initiatives emerged that made Quechua resist and even grow.

Today it is spoken by about 7 million people in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, northern Chile, Argentina, and southern Colombia.