By Santa & Cole
NUEVO ESTILO AWARD, Madrid 1992
At the ripe old age of forty-four, rationalist architect and the first chairman of the FAD Industrial Design Association Antoni de Moragas Gallissà (1913-1985) conceived this lamp to use in his own professional office.
A large solid wood cylinder holds aloft a luminous head with three bulbs providing a well-distributed source of light, all covered by a substantial circular shade. The white cotton ribbon of this shade is typically used for bookbinding and has a silk thread running along the edge, providing an asymmetry that generates warm light and shade effects against the light.
By all accounts, Moragas had this lamp on his desk and regularly used it to place notes and cards marking the visits he’d just received, placed in between the folds in the ribbon.
Today, the Moragas lamp is part of our Design Classics collection, a series of objects created at different times of modernism with the twofold aim of strengthening historical memory – which is sometimes endangered – and putting forward critical discussion on creation in industrial design beyond mere trends.