In the small mountain village of Ráquira, Muriel creates her first lampshade as part of a practical exercise in composing with simple materials. It is sold to a friend for 4 dollars, but the best news is, this friend orders another lamp shade, slightly different from the first!
With a growing production of one-off sculptural lamps, Muriel needs the help of three young neighbours.
Move to Barichara.
Rosa and Gilma join the workshop. First participation in Expoartesanías in Bogotá.
Medal of Craft Merit awarded by the Minister of Culture. Luz Marina joins the team.
Our workshop now has a name: 'formasdeluz', a translation of Light Shapes with its double meaning. Despite later developments such as furniture and objects, the name sticks.
UNESCO craft award: second prize for Latin America and the Caribbean, for 'the good use of material’ and ‘the outstanding contribution in the field of interior decoration and accessories’.
We go to the Bogotá craft fair Expoartesanías as part of a group of crafts creators living in Barichara.
Gloria starts working with us.
First use of hand-carved stone as a part of new designs. The idea is to involve local talent and craft tradition from Barichara.
Muriel creates the first chairs - made of a wooden structure with a seat from parallel wicker sticks – for her own dining room and with the intention of using up short wicker sticks left over after years of producing lampshades.
Third time in Expoartesanías. This time with our own stand and as formasdeluz. For many years we are always present at this international craft fair which offers a fantastic array of both traditional and contemporary crafts.
Our furniture production gains increasing importance and our team grows as young men join us to work on the wood finishing.
New range of products such as corporate gifts and accessories. Genaro and Raul work full time for formadeluz from their workshops.
We renew our website to enhance contact with our customers.
First experiments with sisal fiber worked into sheets. The semi-rigid panes allow for new forms and techniques, such as a whole new family of lamps and accessories.
First lamps of the Nasa series using thin wicker sticks.
Huge sisal and wicker lamps for public spaces.
New series of lamps and outdoor furniture: metal frames with woven plastic ribbon