Object of My Desire: Cesta Lamp
What do I want for Christmas? Why, a Cesta lamp by mid-century Spanish designer Miguel Milá, please Santa.
The iconic lamp was designed in 1962 and it’s still in production by Spanish design house Santa & Cole. The Cesta lamp has been on my wishlist radar since my obsession with mid-century design began, but it’s recently popped up again, making an appearance in interiors magazines and in the homes of design lovers around the globe.
I love the Cesta’s handcrafted organic oval form and the considered cherry wood frame, which was made using traditional steam-bending techniques. The design is both sturdy and delicate, and it can be used alternately as a floor lamp and table lamp.
It’s an exquisite piece of modernist design – at once sturdy and delicate – seemingly informed by traditional Japanese design.
According to Santa & Cole, Cesta’s designer Miguel Milá “almost represents the history of Catalan modern design”. In 1950s Barcelona, he joined a group of like-minded designers and architects to discuss modernity and how to promote design and implant its professional practice.
Milá himself stated that, “I am in reality a pre-industrial designer. I feel more comfortable with the technical procedures that allow correcting failures, experimenting during the process, and controlling it to the maximum. That is where my preference for noble materials comes from, the preference for materials that know how to age.”
Santa & Cole has recently released the Cesta’s little sister, the (more affordable) Cestita Lamp, which was also designed by Milá in 1962. This version features white opal engineering plastic, which looks just like glass
The perfect sideboard lamp
Need a nice lamp for your sideboard? Look no further than the Cesta, which has found a new home on the sideboards of many a stylist on Instagram.
A lamp for every room
A table lamp that is also a floor lamp