Cestita Batería is the latest member in the Cesta family: a portable, cordless version.
As with all of Milá’s objects, Cestita, designed in 1962, strikes a balance between rational functionalism and the legacy of local artisan creation. With this new version, technology helps to enhance its features, maintaining the warmth that is characteristic of the family. The lamp is a kindred spirit of the mythical Tramo (Trabajos Molestos, annoying works in English) company founded by Milá in the early sixties in order to self-produce his creations: all manner of simple, essential objects that help transform a house into a home. Embodying freedom of movement, Cestita Batería is a lantern that endows the atmosphere with delight wherever it is taken, depicting shadow puppets in the garden or emanating light from every corner.
A member of the generation of industrial design pioneers in Spain who has seen some of his furniture and lamps become real contemporary classics.
Miguel Milá was born in a Catalan aristocratic family with strong links with the artistic world (his ancestors assigned the Milá House, also known as La Pedrera, to Gaudí), and started working as an interior designer in the architecture studio of his brother Alfonso Milá and Federico Correa. It was the end of the 50s, a time of crisis when Spain hardly knew what industrial design was. There was practically no industry, everything was generally handmade. This framework marked the way Miguel Milá understood design, being sensitive to the pleasure of touching and closer to traditional techniques.