Video: Miguel Milá Industrial designer and interior designer, inventor and bricoleur.
Many thanks to Lluís from Eclectique Vintage for the photos and the enthusiasm.
Tramo Max Bill Wall Lamp
Materials: Rectangular black painted iron wall mount or base and parts. Black painted metal slats. Ornamental brass nut and parts. Round white acrylic lampshade. Brass E27 socket with a porcelain ring.
Height: 37 cm / 14.56”
Lampshade: ∅ 25 cm / 9.84”
Depth: 34 cm / 13.38”
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.
Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Miguel Milá in 1964.
Manufacturer: Tramo, Barcelona, Spain.
Other versions: This Tramo Max Bill wall lamp exists in several colours. It was also made as a table lamp, floor lamp and pendant lamp. A brown version of this wall lamp can be found over here.
This lamp received the Premi Delta d’Or in 1964 by the ADI/FAD.
This series of lamps was called Max Bill, after the well known Swiss designer. According to Miguel Milá’s family, in 2014 it was stated that the series should be called M64. The reason is unclear.
These series of lamps were in production from 1964 until 1965 by Tramo. From 1965 until 1982 Polinax produced these lamps. Polinax was the company of Miguel Milá‘s brother Leopoldo.
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 1960’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.
Miguel Milá also designed lamps for the company of his brother Leopoldo, named Polinax. Among other things, Leopoldo (1921-2006) designed one of the most iconic motorbikes of all time: the Montesa Impala and the Montesa Cota 247.
Later, at the end of the 80’s Leopoldo created the DAE company, the Diseño de Ahorro de Energía (Energy Savings Design) that specialised in the design of street furniture.
Acrylic: often named by its commercial name: Perspex, Plexiglas, Crylux, Acrylite, Lucite, is a thermoplastic.
Links (external links open in a new window)
Miguel Milá on the Silent Masters website
This Tramo Max Bill wall lamp in the Barcelona Museum online
Felicidades Eina: 50 años impulsando la creatividad – Congratulations Eina: 50 years promoting creativity – Diario design
TMM and TMC floor lamps – Google images
Miguel Milá Globo pendant lamp
Rafael Carreras acrylic globe table lamp
Miguel Milá Globo Cestita pendant lamp
Joan Antoni Blanc mushroom table lamp
Joan Antoni Blanc globe table lamp