Moai is made from reinforced concrete, allowing this to be suited for commercial projects as well as residential.
Its creativity lies not so much in the choice of material, but rather in the form that Gonzalo Milà gives it and how the light plays with and penetrates that form. From behind, the lamp seems straight and hard, while front lines are softened. Moai comes with a dimmable LED source that projects light downward. An optical lens has been added to the LED, which works as a magnifying glass; generating in turn a laterally projecting cone of light. And there is the interesting surprise: all of Moai’s concavity appears illuminated without leaving any corner in the dark. “The external bollards illuminate the ground or itself but without playing with the shape”, explains Gonzalo.
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Barcelona, 1967. He started studying Architecture and in 1988 started working at the Miguel Milà design studio. His experience gained led him to study Industrial Design at the Elisava School. In 1994, he joined forces with Juan Carlos Ines to open the Ines-Milà studio, which was the birthplace of pieces such as the Tutombas Pranha easy chair and the Balensiya rocking chair.
He then went on to set up, along with Miguel and Micaela Milà, the Milà Diseño studio. Signature projects of the group included the interior design in the Casa Milà and the Rama lamppost, winner of the ADI-FAD Delta de Plata award.
In 1999, he joined Santa & Cole Ediciones de Diseño as head of the urban division, focussing on the development of new products.
Since 2001, he has been running his own studio and creating urban furniture, indoor / outdoor lighting and accessories, as well as projects fostering the integration of wildlife into the city.
A strict essentialist, his way of designing is humane, approachable and based on the fundamental importance of utility.
In 1996 Joana Bover founded BOVER in Barcelona. After 20 years of market development, what began as a sketch on a napkin for an architect friend’s project has evolved and grown to become one of the leading companies in the contemporary lighting sector, with its own subsidiary in the United States and a presence in countries worldwide.