History - Andreu World


We create good designs to provide inspiration and innovation to all architects and interior designers in the world. We strive to be a world leader in seating and tables made with passion for a contemporary lifestyle.

Principles and values

• Passion for Design
• Tradition and Technical Mastery
• Integrity and Ethics
• Closeness and Trust
• Teamwork
• Engagement
• Love of Detail
• Leadership and Initiative
• Costumer Orientation and Respect
• Sustainability


We are experts in the manufacturing of seats and tables, we work to create innovative and sustainable designs in collaboration with the best designers and propose durable solutions. We focus on management with a global perspective, advanced means and infrastructure and continuous investment in R & D & I.


We are a company with an international projection, a leader in good design and development of seats and tables with high added value, enabling people to enjoy the spaces they inhabit in an intelligent and healthy way.

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.  
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.    
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.

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. 

50 years of design and a story to tell

In 2005 50 years of life are fulfilled. To celebrate it, the Book "Chairs" is published, a work that makes an extensive journey through the history of the object, the design of the modern era, and the account of suppliers, writers, architects and creators of international prestige. Your pages are invited to enjoy and review 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 erhält den National Design Award 2007, der vom Ministerium für Industrie, Tourismus und Handel und der BCD Foundation (Barcelona Design Center) vergeben wird. Dieser Preis ist die höchste Auszeichnung, die in Spanien an Unternehmen vergeben wird, die Design in ihrer Innovationsstrategie erfolgreich einsetzen. Zusammen mit der Feier des 50. Geburtstages von Andreu World stellt dies einen Wendepunkt im Unternehmensweg dar, der jetzt zu einem nationalen und internationalen Maßstab für Design geworden ist.

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.   

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.  

60th anniversary with international expansion
During this period, Andreu World continues to open new international showrooms in Tokyo, Pune and New Delhi, bringing our designs closer to global markets such as Asia Pacific and India.  In North America, two new showrooms will open in Washington, D.C. and Boston, which join the existing showrooms in Chicago, New York and San Francisco.  


In 2016, we celebrated 60 years of experience manufacturing and designing innovative products that promote the well-being of the users.  A tradition that inspires the future.  In 2016 we also celebrated several international awards such as the Red Dot Design Award for the Reverse Conference table and the seven awards granted by the American industry as part of the 2016 NeoCon tradeshow.  For its part, the American magazine Interior Design awarded the Best of Year Award to the Reverse Lounge table solution for its versatility and innovation in use. 


With a more corporate approach, in response to the new workspace needs, collections such as the Flex Executive were born.  This collection, recipient of a Best of NeoCon Award, is characterized by its iconic design, great versatility and adaptability.  

The improvement of processes has also been key with the incorporation of eco-design and LEVEL certifications, which guarantee excellence and sustainability as a furniture manufacturer and international brand of furniture solutions. 

New Showrooms


During this time, Andreu World has continued its international positioning, opening new international showrooms and corner stores in India (Bangalore and Hyderabad), the United States (Washington and Boston) and Europe (Madrid, London, Copenhagen and Stockholm).
Design Awards

Andreu World has been awarded various international prizes for its design. Including 5 awards "Best of NeoCon", which distinguish the best office furniture in the American industry. Design, Innovation and Brand Communications have also been honored with a Red Dot Product Award for collections such as Nuez and Capri Lounge and a Red Dot Communication Award recognizing those international brands that have excelled in their communications efforts.
New Showrooms

During 2019, Andreu World has continued its growth, with the opening of new showrooms such as Paris or Mexico City. They have also celebrated the anniversary of some iconic designs such as Manila, which have turned 20 years old.

Design Awards
Some of its collections have also received important design awards such as the German Design Awards (Hula), 5 Best of NeoCon and Best of Year (Status).
65th anniversary

In 2020, Andreu World commemorates its 65 years of experience. In addition, there are three decades of the birth of the Radical chair (RDL, an iconic design made 100% in sustainable, unique and timeless wood. Also the International Design Contest celebrates 20 years, with a very special edition, in collaboration with the World Design OrganizationTM (WDO), focused on sustainable design.