José A. Gandía-Blasco
Canevas by Charlotte Lancelote
Hidra by Jose A. Gandia Blasco
Aram by Nendo
Canada by Sandra Figuerola
Tasili by Sandra Figuerola
Naidu by Odosdesign
Milan Preview | Gandia Blasco
Friday, April 5th, 2013
José A. Gandía-Blasco
President/Art Director, Gandia Blasco
In 1996, José A. Gandía-Blasco, who was already in the process of revolutionizing the blanket manufacturing business his father had founded in 1941, was building a house in Ibiza. When he realized that appropriately stylish outdoor furniture for his contemporary terrace simply didn’t exist, he and his architect Ramón Esteve decided to design their own. They debuted their first furniture line, Na Xemena, alongside Gandia Blasco’s innovatively patterned, hand-woven carpets at Milan, and it was a hit. The same line that first wowed the Salone is still the star among Gandia Blasco’s functional yet beautiful outdoor furniture, and what started as a modest family textile business has blossomed into a worldwide industry leader.
DB: You sign several of the furniture and carpeting lines by Gandia Blasco and Gan. Who are some of the other designers creating pieces for your brands?
José A. Gandía-Blasco: We have been working since the 1980s with prestigious designers but also offering a chance to young, emerging designers who have become internationally known thanks to their work with us. We have an in-house design team and work with Jean-Marie Massaud, Patricia Urquiola, Marie Mees, Marisa Gallén, Sandra Figuerola, Odosdesign, Francesc Rifé, and others.
DB: What keeps Milan so relevant in the industry?
JGB : This is our eighth time participating at the Milano fair, and we had to try for some years to get in. It has been very important in our evolution and we have greatly increased sales since the beginning. It is the most complete and interesting fair where professionals from everywhere come to show their works and to see others’ works also.
DB: What do you like and dislike about the fair?
JGB : I love the [concurrent] Fuorisalone with the interesting showrooms to visit, and what I love most is to visit the SaloneSatellite hall where all the young designers show their works. I love to discover new talents! I do not like the big crowd of people you always find in Milano and the traffic of the city. And especially the difficulty of finding taxis, but I think changing that is going to be impossible.