Andreu World celebrated the 20 years of the Manila chair, designed by Lievore Altherr Molina, with its donation to the Museu del Disseny de Barcelona in a public ceremony held at the Museu on June 20 that was attended by media, collaborators and friends.
Illustration by Alberto Lievore on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of Manila.
“It is significant that a chair has been continuously in the market for 20 years. It means that there are some values behind it that make it necessary and its design is current. This is the case for the Manila chair designed by the firm Lievore Altherr Molina in 1999". With these words, Pilar Vélez, director of the Museu del Disseny, summed up the 20 years of Manila and the entrance of this collection to the Museum that collects the best product designs of our time.
This act was celebrated with the director of the Museu del Disseny, Pilar Vélez; the head of the product design collection, Rossend Casanova; the designer Alberto Lievore and the CEO of Andreu World, Jesús Llinares, who talked about the history behind this chair: the commission, the idea, the design process, materials, manufacturing, communication, sale or evolution. But above all they reflected on what has made Manila so special to earn a place in the history of our design.
Coinciding with the Barcelona Design Week, Andreu World, the company that has been manufacturing it for two decades, donated two models, an original from 1999 and another current one from 2019, to the Museu del Disseny and in this way Manila will become part of the heritage of our design.
Alberto Lievore and Jesús Llinares were in charge of signing the transfer document from Manila to the Museu.To celebrate this event with the director of the Museu del Disseny, Pilar Vélez, the designer Alberto Lievore and Jesús Llinares, CEO of Andreu World, joined in a conversation about the history behind this chair: the commission, the idea, the process of design, materials, manufacturing, marketing, sales and evolution.
Andreu World is a family business and that is why we maintain a very special relationship with time. We think about life in the long-term and we are faithful to the idea that to build the future we need to keep the past alive. We like our products to age well, that's why we celebrate two decades with Manila, a large family of chairs that has evolved into a classic, because it perfectly adapts the classic language to the current context. A solid and honest design that offers timeless comfort.
The Manila collection includes chairs, armchairs, stools and lounge chairs, with and without arms. Constructed with solid beech and oak, it is available upholstered in fabric or leather, always with a characteristic cross stitching on the seat and backrest.
"To date, they were very vertical, patriarchal chairs, with very high back, that was the trend. In my in-law’s house they had remorse chairs, hyperbaric, with a grid backrest, and that was the starting point. Discussing internally in the studio we started to make it high, but then we did the version we liked, wide and low, which later gave rise to a series of more democratic, less patriarchal chairs. The name Manila comes from working with straw and its weave, a graphic element to take into consideration.", highlited Alberto Lievore.