1986: AKABA was the concept of three young entrepreneurs, who had the idea of creating a company that could manufacture furniture by Spanish designers that they would promote internationally.
Motion and emotion, design is at the heart of AKABA. Akaba’s philosophy is to stay true to its heritage of passion in design, materials and production detail whilst embracing new techniques, processes and technology in the manufacture of its iconic range of furniture. AKABA’s commitment is to its global customers and one of the values of this dynamic organisation is to demonstrate continual improvement in bringing innovative design to market that is cost effective, environmentally friendly and recyclable.
JORGE PENSI DESIGN STUDIO was set up in 1984 in Barcelona’s Gothic quarter, specialising in furniture and lighting design, the visual image of its products and staging for different types of events.
Since then the studio has consolidated its position as a global point of reference for contemporary design. Its minimalist and expressive designs have received numerous prizes and awards. Some of its first products, such as the Toledo chair or the Regina lamp, have since become Spanish design icons.
In 1997, Jorge Pensi was awarded the National Design Prize by the Ministry of Industry and Energy and the BCD Foundation for outstanding professional achievement.
The Jorge Pensi design team has included Diego Slemenson since 1987, Constanze Schütz since 1995 and Roman Proubasta since 1999. Toni Casares has been responsible for the studio’s management and administration since1990.
In 2007, the team moved to a new space in Barcelona’s Olympic Village, overlooking the sea.
The studio’s working method is characterised by intensive communication between the team and their clients throughout the design phase, from the initial idea to the final product, in a relaxed and creative environment.
If there is one thing which defines Jorge Pensi Design Studio’s products, it is their timelessness. They constantly seek a balance between poetry and realism, material and space, abstraction and emotion. The aim is to create as many sensations as possible with as few resources as possible, challenging the usual logic in order to establish whether or not it is possible to create something new.
The result is not always predetermined. The best is yet to come.