Miguel Milá (b. 1931) is considered one of Spain’s first and most influential industrial designers. Starting out as an interior designer amid the country’s early modernist movement, Milá began making the objects he needed but couldn’t yet find on the market. He took raw and renewable materials and crafted prototypes by hand, occasionally evolving designs to perfect his now-iconic lighting and furniture. Milá pioneered the creation of a discipline—one in which simple, beautiful designs could be produced at an industrial scale, notably with the Spanish company Santa & Cole—all the while upholding artisanal methods. Over the past 60 years, he’s created countless award-winning design classics, including the Cesta, TMC, and TMM lamps, that are sold and admired around the world.
Miguel Milá: A Life in Design is a detailed look back through his most emblematic works, produced between 1956 and 2021, with archival photos and drawings, as well as original photos shot at Milá’s Barcelona home by Nacho Alegre. Introducing the book is seminal English designer Jasper Morrison, while the products are catalogued and described by design academic Francisco Gaspar Quevedo, who also contributed a biographical text on Miguel’s life, career, and the principles that sprang from both.
Sketchbook: The Industrial Design of Oscar Tusquets Blanca
Oscar Tusquets is an artist in the style of the Renaissance greats: his acclaimed career has spanned the fields of architecture—with the influential practice he founded in 1964, Studio Per—industrial design, painting, sculpture, and writing, always with a taste for the figurative and the humorous. Replicating the style of sketchbook that Tusquets has favoured over […]549 SEK
Architecture - Design - Interior Design
New York Living Rooms by Dominique Nabokov (Apartamento)
New York Living Rooms is the first instalment in Dominique Nabokov’s holy trinity of interior photography works, re-issued by Apartamento Publishing more than two decades after it was first published in 1998. Originally commissioned as a photo essay for the New Yorker in 1995, it offers a frank and intimate study of the interior living spaces of some […]475 SEK
Architecture - Design
Sam Chermayeff: Beasts
Sam Chermayeff: Beasts presents the latest furniture collection by the Berlin- based architect and designer, following his previous project-turned-book, Creatures(Apartamento Publishing, 2020). These ‘beasts’ actively merge typologies: a chair becomes the base of an umbrella; a closet becomes a place to sit, apply make-up or smoke a cigarette. Chermayeff’s objects are not just tools, they […]399 SEK
Architecture - Design
The House of Xavier Corberó
Xavier Corberó (1935–2017) is among the foremost Spanish artists of the last century. His sculptures in rough-hewn stone, marble, and bronze gave form to ideas running through a circle of contemporary surrealist artists, including Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, and Joan Miró, but with pieces distinctly his own. His works are widely and internationally […]695 SEK