Federico Otero is an Industrial and Interactive Designer from Latin America. Otero started his career as a designer in his natal city of Lima in Peru, and then moved to the US to continue his studies at Purdue University. After working for several years as a lead designer for Delta Faucet Company and as a freelance designer for Marcus Koepke’s Design Studio, he decided to further his education at Domus Academy in Milan earning his Masters. His contributions to design include a wide spectrum that ranges from lighting, furniture, faucets, and luxury products. His design talent took him to Switzerland where he was designing watches for Tag Heuer. Currently he is freelancing in diverse design areas. Otero’s work has been recognized in the business realm academia and the press. His work has been featured internationally including Interni, Vogue, Metropolis, CNN and Interior Design.
Born in Barcelona in 1931, his family from upper level society, Catalan aristocracy was well-connected within the world of art. His uncle, Pedro Milá y Camps, commissioned Gaudí the famous Casa Milá. In 1958, Miguel Milá begins his professional journey within the field of interiorism. The scarcity of objects in the Spain of the 50s inspires him to create his own furniture and lamps. Some of these everyday objects, like his TMC and TMM lamps, are classics today, without having lost any modernism. Along with other designers from the period, he established ADI-FAD, an association dedicated to promoting both Spanish design and promising newcomers internationally. In 1987 he received the National Design Award.