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Cesta & Cestita lamps

The Cesta & Cestita lamps is a magic lantern in Japan style. It consists of a cherry wood structure and has a spherical opal white shade. Making its first appearance in 1965, Miguel Milá’s ‘Cesta’ and its smaller sibling ‘Cestita’, simplicity itself in formal terms, have been given a new lease of life by Santa & Cole with an optional LED light-source fitting. With dimmer.

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This lamp was born from a discovery: Mila found the glass globe forms the screen and liked it so much he decided to do something with it. When production began, the glass was replaced by plastic to prevent breakage. Santa & Cole recovered, as introduced other changes: Section performed it in two sizes, Cart and amenity basket-now only one-edits, and the structure was Manila cane, a difficult material to find, which led to the current cherry wood.

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“I am in reality a pre-industrial designer –has Milá stated-. I feel more comfortable with the technical procedures that allow correcting failures, experimenting during the process, and controlling it to the maximum. That is where my preference for noble materials comes from, the preference for materials that know how to age.” This is the case, among others, of the wooden Cesta lamps (1964), the reed Manila lamp (1961); the M68 lamp, made out of aluminium (1968); or the lamp series Americana with natural linen shades.” – Miguel Milá

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The Cesta, a magic lantern created by well-known designer Miguel Mila, consists of a cherry wood structure and an inner ball of light. Its oval volume and handle make it equally ideal for table tops and the floor. In the mid-sixties, the Cesta’s supporting structure was made of Manila cane and the ball of light was made of plastic. Santa & Cole dignified and updated it after 1996, using heat-curved cherry wood and an opal crystal ball which enclosed the bulb, and adding a dimmer which allowed adjustment of light intensity.

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It is a lamp with a sense of nostalgia, which is proving even more attractive for the newer generations. It is reminiscent of the style of lantern which hung on coastal houses as a signal for the returning sailors, and which was also found in country houses and terraces open to the dark nights of 1970s Spain. Today, it is a classic lantern found in houses with a wide range of dZcors, and bears the characteristic stamp of its designer Miguel Mila.

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Like a Chinese lantern or portable torch, it would not be out of place in the Japanese palaces of the Edo period, with its careful modulation of light and shadow. The attention to detail is reflected in the fact that not a single screw is visible, and that a wooden pin enables the handle to be turned and prevents it escaping from its guide, with the result that all the materials employed for the mechanism are wood.

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Santa & Cole

  • Cesta: A magic hand-made lantern, made of a cherry wooden structure and an inner light globe. Its oval volume and handle make it an object-lamp, equally ideal for both tabletops and floors.
  • Cestita: We are now presenting the little sister of Miguel Milá’s famous Cesta lamp, which were both designed nearly fifty years ago. An iconic, sober piece, the heiress of a moral design that fits our daily life very naturally.
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About – Miguel Milá:

Miguel Milá represents like no other person Spanish contemporary design. He belongs to the pioneer’s generation of the 50s, and has seen how many of his pieces of furniture and lamps have become real classics.

Miguel Milá was born to a Catalan aristocratic family, with strong links with the artistic world (his ancestors assigned the Milá house to Gaudí, also known as La Pedrera), 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.

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Despite the shortage of objects, means and raw materials of the time, Miguel Milá started designing lamps and furniture, that he soon manufactured in his own company, Tramo. Miguel Milá set up this company with two friends, architects F. Ribas Barangé and E. Pérez Ullibari. This is how Miguel Milá got involved with industrial design.

Out of Tramo, apocopation of Trabajos molestos (annoying works, that is, all the things little brothers have to do), many projects came out. For instance, he developed the previous versions of the famous TMC and TMM lamps (1958 and 1961), timeless classic designs that are still selling nowadays. Some time after, he set up his own industrial and interior design studio.

Miguel Milá participated with the designers and architects of that period in the first meetings in Barcelona to discuss on modernity in architecture, out of which came the question of how to promote design and implant its professional practice. These meetings culminated in the foundation of the ADI-FAD, together with Antoni de Moragas, André Ricard, Bohigas, Cirici Pellicer, Manel Cases and Rafael Marquina. From its beginnings, this association sought to foster Spanish design abroad, and to make a connection between young Spanish professionals and international design.

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After a period of silence that coincided with the crazy postmodern 80s, during which he focused on designing interior spaces and exhibitions, he took up his industrial designing projects again, with a more modern and rationalist language, and applied to urban design. The Neoromántico bench (1995) is a clear example of this, being a bench that in a few year has become usual in urban sceneries. To this first bench have followed the Neoromántico pata liviana (2000) and the Neoromántico aluminio pata liviana (2002).

Miguel Milá has come to be a classic figure in design. In fact, he almost represents the history of Catalan modern design. His work has focused on bringing tradition up to date: many of his products have overcome the circumstances under which they were made, and are still selling nowadays, “thanks to having been born at a time when rigor and honesty were high values”, states Milá. In 1987, he was acknowledged with the Premio Nacional de Diseño and in 2008 he has received the Compasso d’Oro in recognition of his career history and his contribution to the promotion of Spanish design.

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Name: Cesta & Cestita lamps
Type: Table Lamp, Floor Lamp
Materials: Cherry wood structure, White opal lampshade
Materials Combination: Wood + Glass, Eco / Recycled / Green
Dimensions: diameter 33 cm, height 44 cm, with the handle folded up, The weight, 2.7 kg.
Lamp Type:

  • TC-HSE. Adjustable self-ballasted compact fluorescent.
  • 18-20W/827 E27 230V. EEC: A. Max. hgt. 130 mm / 5.1
  • LED – 8-40W/827 E27 230V Philips. EEC: A. Max. hgt. 105 mm / 4.1

Colour: Natural Color
Year: 1964-2013

The people:

Lighting Designer: Miguel Milá – Barcelona, Spain
Manufacturer: Santa & Cole – Parc de Belloch Ctra. C-251, Km. 5,6 , E-08430 La Roca, Cataluna, Spain
Text Description: © Courtesy of Miguel Milá, Santa & Cole, nova68
Images: © Miguel Milá, Santa & Cole

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