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Santa & Cole: Editing Well-Designed Wares

Santa & Cole possesses a great deal of the qualities and principles that pertain to good design, equality and vocation. A small and independent outfit, Santa & Cole is an editor of well-designed wares. The company’s base is located in Belloch, set in a wooded estate 30 km north of Barcelona.

Material Culture

Exploring industrial design since 1985, Santa & Cole is adept at examining and determining the utility of everyday objects and their material value. In a world where materials and tactility suffer at the hands of varied abstract technologies, Santa & Cole (and many of its contemporaries) understands the need for substance and touch in our day-to-day being. Referring to the concept of ‘material culture’, Santa & Cole has underscored the need for usefulness, simplicity, honesty, longevity and conservation in the objects it chooses.

Cesta table and floor lamp designed by Miguel Milá.


Santa & Cole selects works made by others: items imagined and conceived by good designers. Its edits cover three catalogues: indoor lighting products and furnishings; urban elements and city lighting; books. As editors, the company outsources the entirety of its industrial production, with a network of suppliers in Spain (for the most part) and other countries. Santa & Cole will choose the products for its catalogues, developing each one on a technical level, financing their production and administering the retail element. Moreover, the company is vehement in its protection of intellectual property, safeguarding the rights of its designers and their works the world over. By protecting intellectual property, Santa & Cole is able to smooth the way for production at a local level (a factor with significant environmental benefits).

Digamma chaise longue designed by Ignazio Gardella.
TMM floor lamp designed by Miguel Milá.

Eschewing fads and trends, Santa & Cole will make editing decisions based on an object’s narrative or history, its aesthetic or form. If choices appear random, they are assuredly part of a common philosophy. As summarised in the Bauhaus’s declaration of ‘Gute Form’ (Good Form), Santa & Cole ensures products are imbued with: ‘constructive solidity, aesthetic sobriety and functional quality.’ As with all good design, Santa & Cole’s objects are inherently timeless and at all times relevant.

Selected designs

With a multitude of designs, this writer has selected a few of his favourite—midcentury and midcentury inspired—Santa & Cole objects (from their ‘indoor’ catalogue).

The Babel table lamp was originally designed in 1971 by Àngel Jové. Reintroduced in 2016.
The Básica mínima table lamp was designed in 1994 by Santiago Roqueta and the Santa & Cole Team.
Cesta was designed by Miguel Milá in 1962. An ideal table and floor lamp, Cesta is a true Spanish design classic.
The Cirio Simple pendant was designed by Antoni Arola in 2010.
The Diana side table was designed in 1996 by Federico Correa, Alfonso Milá and Miguel Milá.
The Digamma metal chaise longue was designed by Ignazio Gardella in 1957.
The Estadio wall lamp was designed by Miguel Milá in 2015.
The Ibiza lounge chair was designed by Germán Rodríguez Arias in 1950.
The Moragas armchair and pouf was designed by Antoni de Moragas i Gallissà in 1957.
The Moragas table lamp was designed by Antoni de Moragas i Gallissà in 1957.
The TMM floor lamp was designed by Miguel Milá in 1961.
The Trípode G5 floor lamp was designed by the Santa & Cole Team in 1997.

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