An exponent of a time when Spanish industrial design was just establishing itself as a professional discipline, this lamp was awarded the Gold Delta in 1964, the highest distinction for a product in Spain.
The jury that year was chaired by leading Swiss designer and artist Max Bill, a champion of the Ulm School, who eloquently promoted it to the ultimate award. As a result, Miguel Milá, the then young designer of the lamp, affectionately called it the MaxBill lamp, though today it is known as the M64.
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Santa & Cole is now reediting it in an LED version, with minimal changes to the neck to fit the HeadLed capsule, which affords greater light efficiency and quality. ×
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.