A pioneer of Spanish industrial design in the 1950s, Miguel Mila was born into a Catalan aristocratic family with strong ties to the artistic world (his family commissioned Gaudi’s La Pedrera, also known as Casa Mila in Barcelona). In a period preceding established industry, Mila began designing with a sensitivity to handmade and traditional processes of creation. Despite the scarce availability of conventional manufacturing materials, Mila designed furniture and lamps, founding his own company, Tramo (abbreviated for “Tra-bajos Mo-lestos”). Along with a collective of architects and designers, Mila played an important role in instituting design as a formal professional practice in Spain and promoting Spanish design on the international stage.
With his contemporary classics and inventive use of materials, he remains a classic figure in modern design.