Miguel Milà Designer

Source: Exhibition "Miguel Milá, diseñador (pre)industrial"Exhibition Direction: Gonzalo Milà, Claudia OliviaExhibition Location: Centro Cultural de la Vila, Madrid, SpainLocation: Madrid, SpainYear: 2024
Date: February 28, 2024 Category: Things

Throughout his extensive career, Miguel Milá has maintained a constant search for simplicity. His approach is based on economy of resources and a rejection of ostentation and waste. To design, according to Miguel Milá, is to simplify the complex in order to make it beautiful. Each piece, apparently simple in its image, harbours a wealth of ingenious resources that reveal the depth of his creative thinking.

Moreover, aesthetics is not something deliberately sought after, but a genuine result of the process of refining forms. “In good designs there is a meeting point between form, design, material and economy that tells you that it could only be like this,” says the designer.

Miguel Milá’s work is built on the fundamental triad of function, ingenuity and technology, creating timeless designs that stand the test of time and continue to sell. Examples include the TMM lamp, or the Cesta, both published by Santa & Cole; the Salvador chair, a reissue of Trenat; the Altar table recently published by Kettal or the Porciones table published by Kendo.

Miguel Milá maintains that the key lies in a good idea and simple execution. His work stands as a testimony to timelessness and durability. His designs transcend passing fashions and remain current, fusing the innovative with the everyday and have the capacity to rise and become classics.

Miguel Milà's Workshop

Miguel Milà "Gres" Shop Window

Miguel Milá not only practices design as a craft, but elevates it to the status of a profession through his commitment to the workshop. This workshop is a sacred space where craftsmanship and the ability to experiment in design converge to give shape to exceptional creations. Milá understands that the atelier is a dynamic place of production, which adapts and evolves according to the changing demands of the environment and the moment.

He worked closely with small industries and semi-craft workshops that still worked by hand. He adopted a unique approach in revaluing existing craft traditions, fusing them with Mediterranean culture and way of life, interpreted from a modern perspective. “My defence of craftsmanship and the craft process has no other purpose than to defend man’s desire to participate in the processes of things,” says Miguel Milá.

Miguel Milà (1980)

For Miguel Milá, the domestic space is a canvas where every detail is carefully considered. His philosophy is clear: “To design is to see life with a magnifying glass”. This meticulous approach is reflected in his deep understanding of how design can profoundly influence people’s lifestyles.  It is innovative precisely because it focuses on the user. The aesthetic and pleasurable experience of use is also a fundamental component of his designs.

In moving into the design of urban space, Miguel Milá embraces comfort and friendliness as criteria for populating public space. Again, his approach is not limited to aesthetics alone, but is immersed in the importance of creating environments that promote wellbeing and is committed to improving the quality of life in cities. Thus, comfort goes beyond ergonomics; it involves creating pleasant places for people. Friendliness, on the other hand, translates into the design of spaces that foster social interaction and a sense of community.

Milá’s meticulous research on urban benches and seating reveals his dedication to improving street furniture and leads to the redefinition of the standards that existed in Spain up to that point.

Miguel, his wife, and the fly-swatter

A design professional must maintain a rational stance based on an absolutely humanistic training. Intuition must be enriched by cultivating it and then solving problems in the most rational way possible because in this way the solutions will be spontaneous and human” – Miguel Milá.

"Salvador" Chair

"TMM" Floor lamp

"M64" Lamp and "Gata" Chair

"M64" Lamp

"MB" Lamps, "Polinax" version

Umbrella holder

"Glovo" Lamp

"Wally-Wall" Lamp

"Neoromántico" Bench

Miguel Milà Still Life

"Cesta Metálica" Lamp, "Tramo" version

"Cesta" Lamp

"TMM" Lamp, "Tramo" version

"TMM" Lamp, "Tramo" version

Adaptable table

Office designed by Miguel Milà

"M68" Design

"Gres" Store

Miguel Puigcerdà House

"Tram" Bench and lamp in the Olympic area

Miguel Milà room design

Interior design by Miguel Milà

Miguel at the door of his studio

Miguel in his workshop

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