Mission

Andreu World works to create sustainable and innovative designs, providing durable furniture solutions that allow to enjoy the spaces that people utilize in a smart and healthy way.


Vision
Andreu World is a company on a global trajectory, it is recognized as an international leader in furniture design and for its state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and practices.  The organization sees its team of integrated, and involved professionals as an investment in ongoing R & D.

Values
Andreu World’s values are based on a deep respect for the work in addition to the commitment to and passion for design, innovation, well-made products and the following:
  • Tradition
  • Integrity
  • Technical Expertise
  • Confidence
  • Passion for design
  • The Team
  • Commitment
  • Closeness
  • Nature
  • Love for detail
  • Respect
  • Innovation in all fields
1955-63
Founding of Andreu World

Our beginnings date back to 1955 when our founder, Francisco Andreu Marti, who at 17 years old had the entrepreneurial vision to convert his family’s small woodworking workshop into a company dedicated to the manufacturing of bentwood parts, assembling and finishing of chairs.  During these years, he started to sell his products to furniture stores, progressively growing the production and company.  This growth resulted in the need to relocate to larger facilities in Alaquas.

The first designs: Model 72 (1957)

Parallel to the growth of the company, the offering of chairs was expanded and stylized.  It was in that moment that the first designs were born, model 72 in 1957 followed by model 123 in 1963.  These first works evoked the simplicity of Nordic design that was fashionable during the 1950s.  The next phase of the company was quick to transpire, a new 8,600 square foot (800 square meter) factory with its own name, Andreu Est.  The now mid-sized company continued to grow slowly.  While expanding its production capacity, the company was also constructing a commercial network that marketed the first chair designs. 

The design on display: the earliest trade shows (1963)
In addition to the commercial network, the 1960s opened the door to the first measures to promote designs and products manufactured.  During these years, the company started to attend residential trade shows such as Valencia’s Muestrario Internacional and later the Cologne, Milan and Chicago Furniture Fair, where the company started to exhibit their ever-growing selection of designs.  It was there that a greater awareness of the design culture was acquired, which is now part of our DNA.  
1967
A new production facility in Navarra

To be able to control the entire production process, from manufacturing to sales, it became necessary to procure the fundamental raw material used in manufacturing: wood.  Therefore, the company sought to find a beech forest in Navarra to build a mill that would supply the factory in Valencia.  Later, due to the supply needs of the mill, this facility was transformed into Andreu Nort, the newest production plant.

1980
A design brand: Andreu World

From that time, industrial and graphic designers began working with Andreu World to develop its corporate brand and communications of the business.  The Andreu World brand was born in that moment.  The company commissioned awarding winning designer Mario Ezkenazi to create the original logo.  The graphic came from a combination of various symbols including the Compasso d’Oro, one of the most prestigious international design awards.  This graphic predicted the trajectory of Andreu World with designs of Cartesius and the Sail chair. 

Chairs + tables, the perfect combination (1985)

With a wide range of chairs and seats for residential and contract environments, it was time to diversify the offering with a line of contemporary tables.   These tables were incorporated into the Andreu World catalog.  This milestone allowed for the growth in the market and the positioning of the company as a provider of comprehensive furniture solutions.  The Tops factory in Chiva was opened to produce these new products. 

Betting on design: the Andrea chair (1987)

The company entered a new era of sophistication with the Andrea chair by National Prize winner Josep Llusca.  It was a piece for the fashion runways, more likely to found in design history books than in the world’s home dining rooms.  The Andrea was not a commercial piece however it established a precise act on the part of Francisco Andreu who sensed the potential of the chair.  Designed for comfort, the Andrea has become a timeless design with over 25 years of commercial life.

An icon: the RDL (1991)
The RDL, designed by Alberto Lievore, was born in the early 1990s.  This production of RDL is an expression of accuracy of Andreu World in working with wood.  From the beginning, each of the processes of this piece require complete control. RDL is made entirely from solid oak wood and a thin piece of curved laminate of the same wood.  It is the paradigm of a highly refined chair.  With an acute attention to detail, the chair is constructed so that the portions are just right.  Both radical and graphic, its appearance is sometimes considered extreme however the RDL conveys the serenity and calmness of timeless design.    
1992-99
Internationalization: Andreu World around the world

Two key elements of Andreu World’s internationalization is the global sales network and multi-national presence.  During the 1990s, the Andreu World Karpatia sales team was created with the goal of marketing the products and growing Andreu World’s brand recognition in Northern and Eastern Europe.  At the same time, the company started to present itself in new foreign markets.     

On the path of industrial design

It was during these years when design became the fundamental component of the brand. Collaborations with designers such as Josep Llusca, Alberto Lievore, Jorge Pensi, Nancy Robbins, Pedro Miralles, Quod, Bernal and Isern and Ximo Roco among others, consolidated a comprehensive offering of products for the international market. 

The doors of the permanent showroom in Valencia open (1997)

To be able to appropriately display the increasing number of chair and table collections, Andreu World sought an exhibition space close to the factories.  The new permanent showroom in Valencia is over 21,500 square feet (2000 square meters) of open space and not only houses the Andreu World collections, but also displays images and visual elements, a gallery of designers who have collaborated with Andreu World and finally an exhibit showcasing the various awards and photographs from the annual design competition.  In parallel, the showroom serves as a meeting space, visitor center and workshop for architects and designers.  The Andreu World headquarters are also located in the building.

 

 

The Manila chair, value of time (1999)

One of the designs most important to the evolution of Andreu World has been the Manila chair designed by Lievore Altherr Molina. Manila transmits serenity and nobility.  The solid and honest design has been adapted over time to become a classic.  Since its debut, the design has evolved and developed into a family of chairs, stools and armchairs.  Its classical language easily adapts itself into any project.  Manila is timeless comfort.

2001-04
International Design Contest: creative platform for new talent.
Faithfull to its commitment to design, in 2001 the Andreu World International Design Contest was born and has grown every year in the number of participants.  The Contest aims foster creativity and new ideas while serving as a forum for exchanging ideas and communications.  It is an opportunity to publicize innovative furniture design from emerging talents.
The beginnings in the United States: Andreu World America (2003)

The international focus of the company is not only reflected in the products but in the growing percentage of exports, which now reach 80% of global production.  To better serve the growing demand for high design chairs and tables from the U.S. market, the first American sales office was established.  This allowed us to be a qualified furniture provider and later we obtained GSA certification, which permits us to be an official furniture supplier to public and governmental institutions in the United States. 

2005-08
50 years of design and a story to tell
In 2005 the company celebrated 50 years of business.  The book “Chairs” was published to commemorate the occasion.  This book took the reader on a journey exploring the history of the most designed object in modern history, the chair and told with participation from leading designers, writers, architects and internationally renowned artists.  Its pages invited readers to enjoy and reevaluate the concept of the chair.  
Smile Chair, a lifestyle (2006)
The Smile Collection is one of the iconic designs from our story.  Recipient of international awards such as The Wallpaper Design Award, the Smile family of stacking chairs, armchairs and stools convey an intimacy and serenity.  In all of its forms, the design combines the harmonious and modest sensibilities of traditional Japanese and Scandinavian design.  It is a testimony to how something lightweight can be dynamic.  Its durability comes from its solid beech frame and is constructed in a manner that makes it one of the most resilient chairs in the Andreu World catalog.
Sustainable Wood with FSC certification (2006)
Andreu World is committed to responsible and sustainable manufacturing practices.  This respect for the environment lead us to procure 100% of the wood from forests managed in socially, economically and environmentally responsible manners.  

In this context, we have been working with wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for more than a decade.  This certification guarantees the sustainability of the wood from its origin to the final product as well as compliance with the Chain of Custody which traces the wood products from harvest to factory and finally to market. 
 
Opening of Chicago showroom (2007)

The Chicago showroom is located in the Merchandise Mart, a building that houses the leading international furniture companies.  The Mart also hosts the most important furniture trade show in the United States, NeoCon.  The showroom is full of the colors, textures and sketches that convey the essence and quality of Andreu World products.  Larges backlit images transport visitors into the different environments and applications created utilizing Andreu World products for home, offices, restaurants, cafes, public spaces and lounge areas.     

National Design Award (2007)

Andreu World was the recipient of the 2007 National Design Award presented by the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade and the Barcelona Design Center Foundation.  This is the most precious award in Spain for companies that successfully use design for innovation.  Along with the 50th anniversary, this recognition as a national and international leader in design was a turning point for the trajectory of the company.  

2009
Responsible development; the Outdoor collection

Andreu World debuted the first outdoor collections in 2009.  Andreu World Outdoor was born from the experience and core values of Andreu World that over its 50 year history has built its own industrial culture based on quality manufacturing practices and excellent comfort of products.  The Outdoor line combines the leisure of the exterior and the comfort of the interior, resulting in an extensive selection of furniture.  All of the pieces of the Outdoor collections convey luxury and well-being and are constructed from sustainable and recyclable materials that guarantee a long life.   

2010 - 14
Entrance into new international markets: Asia, Pacific and Middle East

To respond to new opportunities that have presented themselves in the emerging international markets of Asia, Pacific and Middle East, the company not only developed a network of highly quality sales professionals but also strengthened the commercial presence by creating new sales office as Andreu World Pacific, which includes the Asian market and Japan.  The company also grew and expanded sales outlets in countries such as Germany, Austria, Sweden and Norway.  

 
High Tech Collection: Sit, Sail, Flex and Reverse (2011)

From 2011 the new collections of Sit and Flex chair and Reverse table was launched in the international markets. These collections are all a clear commitment to innovation and application of R&D in all phases of production as well as collection of versatile designs for both interior and exterior applications. 
 

 
Opening of permanent showroom in New York (2012)

In 2012 the first Andreu World showroom in New York was inaugurated.  The new space is located in the historic New York Design Center, one of the most important buildings for the design sector in the city.  The New York Design Center is the home to over one hundred showrooms of the leading international furniture companies.  The design of the showroom is open and lively, very New York, and displays chair and table collections for corporate, commercial, outdoor and home installations, conveying the image of the brand.  It also serves as a space for the U.S. market to get to know the new products and designs.   

 
Sustainable design, a commitment to quality (2014)

The application of sustainable design and UNE EN ISO 14006 standard for our products allows us to offer designs with optimized life cycle and responsible production processes.  We control the energy usage during manufacturing and have improved the other processes such as finishing, painting, packaging and logistics.  Before starting the production of a new collection of chairs or tables, Andreu World conducts a life cycle analysis and an evaluation of the environmental impact of each model. The result is an overall reduction of the environmental impact and a significant decrease in energy consumption, both of which greatly reduce the carbon footprint of our activities.  

2015
New Andreu World spaces and international showrooms
Andreu World continues to expand its presence in countries such as India, where two new showrooms have been opened in Pune and New Delhi.  Meanwhile, new opening are being planned in North America, India and UAE where spaces are in development and will soon open to visitors.  We invite you to take an interactive tour of our international showrooms.
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