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Floor Lamp model "Bach"
Manufactured by Alfonso Milá & Federico Correa
Spain, 1970
Lacquered metal

Measurements
135h cm
53,2 h in

Literature
Cat, A. C. (2021b, mayo 12). Banca Masaveu. Arquitecturacatalana.cat.

Details
First edition for the Barcelona restaurant Il Giardinetto.

Biography
Born in 1924 and classmates since the age of ten, Federico Correa and Alfonso Milá earned their degrees in Architecture from the University of Barcelona. In 1953, they founded their architectural studio, solidifying a friendly and professional relationship that has inseparably linked their names. Their collaboration extended beyond architecture, encompassing interior design and industrial design, showcasing their excellence across various disciplines. They excelled in both teaching and promoting Barcelona and Spanish creativity in the international discourse of architecture and good design.

Rationality became their hallmark design trait, always with a focus on user satisfaction. "We work with the same priorities we establish in architectural projects: rationalizing."

Their body of work draws inspiration from the teachings of the Modern Movement, particularly from Josep Maria Jujol, Francesc Ràfols, and José Antonio Coderch, with whom they apprenticed for several years, as well as from Northern Italian architecture.

The Correa-Milá style distinguished itself with a unique approach from the outset. Examples of their rational interpretation of luxury and human warmth include houses in Cadaqués with integrated bespoke furniture, the interior design of iconic locales in the history of Barcelona's modernity—still active and intact, such as the restaurants Flash-Flash (1969) or Il Giardinetto (winner of the FAD Interior Design Award in 1974 and 2011), the chairs and tables of the Reno restaurant (1961), and the Bach lamp (1970) and Barceloneta armchair (1953).

Recognized for their large-scale projects, such as the Olympic Ring of Montjuïc, Correa and Milá candidly admitted their challenges in the realm of furniture and lighting design, describing the process as 'eternal.' "Architecture has a fixed date, and design does not." This led them to invite designer Miguel Milá, Alfonso's younger brother, to collaborate on these tasks. Together, they created notable pieces, such as the Diana lamp (1993) for the office of Barcelona Mayor Pasqual Maragall.








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