Miguel Milá

1931

Pioneer and standard bearer of Spanish contemporary design the world over, industrial and interior designer, inventor and bricoleur, he started his career in the 1950s. Faced with the scarcity of objects, resources and raw materials at that time, he started to design his own furniture and lamps, which he soon produced through his Tramo company (TRA-bajos MO-lestos, meaning "bothersome works"), which remain true contemporary classics to this day.

Together with André Ricard he was granted the first National Award for Design in 1987. He received the Catalan St. George’s Cross in 1993 and the Compasso d’Oro in 2008 in recognition of his career, the most important award granted by the Italian Association for Industrial Design (ADI). In 2016, the Ministry of Education and Culture awarded him the Gold Medal of Merit in the Fine Arts. "In reality I am a pre-industrial designer. I feel more comfortable with technical procedures that allow me to correct errors, experiment during the process and have maximum control over it. Hence my preference for noble materials, which know how to age". Each material expressed in its natural state. Following a period of disenchantment, which coincided with the excesses of the 1980s, a time when he dedicated himself to interior design and exhibition design, he resumed his traditional industrial design with an equally rationalist foundation and an even more understated language, illustrated by the NeoRomántico bench (1995), today a regular presence in urban landscapes. It was followed a few years later by the NeoRomántico Liviano (2000), the NeoRomántico Aluminio (2002) and the Harpo bench designed with his son, Gonzalo.