Emilio Cubillos Gimeno: “I would use PET as a material”

On this blog we will publish interviews we are making with people with different knowledge, like for example, architects, interior designers, researchers, manufacturers etc.  Regarding their knowledge of the market and their job titles we find it interesting to know their thoughts and opinions.

First out is Emilio Cubillos Gimeno, a Spanish architect working for the firm Jaime Sanahuja Asociados in Valencia. A firm that since its establishment in the late 80′s, has based their projects on criteria’s of quality, innovation and creativity, with the objective to match  the level of architecture in Valencia with the best Spanish and international architecture.

We asked him about his thoughts regarding lighting products, and his experience as an architect working with lighting materials and design, when constructing properties and buildings.

His opinion is that the demand for energy saving products is broader today than before, regarding the increasing energy prices in Spain, and that the awareness of the environment not yet has a part in it. Therefore, he don’t think that the customers generally find it possible to pay more money for products where values like reuse, recycling and energy saving has been taking in to account.

With that said, a lot would have to do with the financial situation in Spain. “People seek the maximum possible economy savings at the expense of all ethical, moral or whatever you call values, including the environmental aspects”, he says.


When asking him what he are missing in the area of lighting products, he answers “luminaries with wireless controls to avoid the tangle of wiring that occurs on walls and ceilings“. The different types of Lutron systems, that already exists on the market, he also believe will be a part of the future lighting systems.

Finally, we wanted to know if he knows about the PET material, as you will know as a material commonly used to contain soft drinks. We think it’s a very interesting material, partly because it has a lower environmental impact than for example aluminium, and because  it’s a recyclable material. Emilio knows about the material and sees no reason why not using it in his work, particularly since he has an interest for recyclable materials.

We give our thanks to Emilio for his time and thoughts. Visit the architect firm here.

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