Rafael Carreras Tramo Table Lamp
Materials: Globe made of 2 clear acrylic shells. 8 chromed metal (iron) ornamental screws. Red painted metal (iron) rods. Red painted aluminium diffuser, painted white inside. 4 solid chrome balls. Porcelain socket.
Globe: ∅ 40 cm / 9.84”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred. For this setup a silver cupped light bulb was used.
Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Rafael Carreras Puigdengolas in 1971.
Manufacturer: Tramo, Barcelona, Spain.
Other versions: This Rafael Carreras Tramo table lamp exists in several colours. It was also made as a floor lamp with chrome rods, a pendant lamp and a wall lamp.
Rafael Carreras Puigdengolas
Rafael Carreras Puigdengolas was born in 1933 in Puigcerdà, Gerona, Spain, on the border with France. Puigdengolas was a technical architect and designer. He formed and started working as a surveyor until the 60’s. From that moment he created his own studio dedicated exclusively to industrial design and interior design. Rafael Carreras Puigdengolas designed for companies such as Clas, M.C, Myc, Ship, ICS, Mobiplast, Syma System or Code and of course Tramo.
Between 1965 and 1970 he was director of NAU, an interior architecture office based in Barcelona and Madrid. His designs have been selected repeatedly by the ADI-FAD Delta Awards and the FAD Interior Design Awards, and have been published in numerous national and international magazines.
Puigdengolas combined his work with teaching, which he did at the Escola Massana in Barcelona. The Massana School is the municipal centre of visual arts, applied arts and design of the city of Barcelona. He was professor of projects between 1983 and 1998 and, since 1999, he has been directing the master’s degree in interior design at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya).
He was a founding partner and first president (1976-1982) of the BCD or ARQ-INFAD. His designs include the Pop chair (1967), the chaise longue 143 (1970) and the Hollywood chair (1993).
Rafael Carreras Puigdengolas passed away in Barcelona, May 14, 2013.
On July 11, 2014 he was awarded the Special Prize to the Professional Career, with a posthumous character by the Catalunya Construcción for the “long, intense and fruitful career of an excellent professional, with concerns and vocation teaching”.
The Tramo – Trabajos molestos – Annoying works company was founded in the 1950’s by Miguel Milá together with two friends, architects F. Ribas Barangé and E. Pérez Ullibari.
Many lamps were designed, among others the TMC and TMM lamps in 1958 and 1961. These beautiful floor lamps are still in production by Santa & Cole. Later in the sixties he set up his own design studio.
In the 60’s Miguel Milá founded the the ADI-FAD, the Industrial Design Association, together with Antoni de Moragas, André Ricard, Bohigas, Cirici Pellicer, Manel Cases and Rafael Marquina.
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