Santa & Cole X Monocle

From darkness into light

We spend half our lives in the dark yet little time reflecting on its significance in our lives. Santa & Cole is dedicated to researching the effects of artificial light and how it influences people and the spaces that they occupy.

Santa & Cole founders Nina Masó, Javier Nieto Santa and Gabriel Ordeig Cole launched their company in the wake of Spain’s dictatorship, when everything seemed possible. Through the medium of light, they found the freedom to express their ideals.


Santa & Cole was initially set up to create lamps for Barcelona’s best bars and restaurants, before being commissioned to light the homes of enthusiastic patrons. The company’s approach of “editing” objects to suit a variety of needs and for a multitude of purposes revolutionised the industry and turned Santa & Cole into a global force in lighting. More than 80 designers and creators, including Antoni Arola and André Ricard, have contributed to the extensive catalogue that spans public spaces, office and home lighting.
The Cesta family of products are some of Santa & Cole’s most iconic pieces. Created by Miguel Milá, one of Spain’s pre-eminent product designers and an original collaborator, the Cesta family epitomises the company’s commitment to craftsmanship, natural materials and Spanish manufacturing.



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