A member of the generation of Spanish pioneers of the 1950s, Miguel Milá is now part of the history of European design for his ability to bring tradition up to date with such elegance that many of his pieces have moved beyond the specific context in which they were created and are still relevant today.
The M64 lamp that Santa & Cole is re-publishing on the 50th anniversary of the piece is a prime example. Interestingly, it is also the year of Miguel Milá and Cuqui Valcárcel’s 50th wedding anniversary, as we learned over lunch with them in Barcelona. We invited them to eat with Nina Masó (editor of the S&C Indoor collection) at the home of Marcos Isamat and Inés García Albí, in the Barcelona neighbourhood of Gràcia. The two artists live in an old organ factory where they also hold concerts, theatre shows and exhibitions. We also chose the house to do a M64 photo shoot because of its spaces, character and warmth.
It was a beautiful spring day for lunch, perfect to start off with a glass of vermouth on the terrace. Cuqui drew on her fantastic memory to tell all sorts of stories, including the origin of the lamp’s name - a tribute to Swiss designer Max Bill, who was a member of the jury that gave Miguel Milá the Gold Delta Award for his design in 1964. There was also time to reminisce over Miguel Milá’s longstanding relationship with Santa & Cole, which has been publishing his works since the young entrepreneurs Javier Nieto Santa and Gabriel Ordeig Cole suggested publishing TMM in 1989, another of the designer’s icons. Today, most of Miguel Milá’s lamps are part of the Santa & Cole Indoor collection.