The start of this company goes back half a century to 1955, when a forward looking 17-year-old with countless hours already clocked in as a cabinetmaker with his father, inherited a problem: the loss of the family’s wood furniture factory. Francisco Andreu converted this problem into a motivation for starting all over again. “We started from scratch. But I had already known the factory since I was 10. And I liked it. There were years that were very tough for the economy, but much easier for businessmen. The market was waiting to be served, and competition was scarce. Today, it would be much more difficult to start a company from scratch and launch it onto a highly competitive market,” says Francisco Andreu, a businessman who grew up in his factories, and is therefore familiar with each and every one of the manufacturing processes for chairs, from locating lumber in the forest, selecting the wood, sawing the trunks, all the way through to sanding, varnishing and upholstering seats. It was in the family home in AlacuÃ¡s, a satellite town of Valencia, with no power supply, where they started to manufacture components in bentwood, assembling and varnishing chairs following historic models.
Lievore Altherr Molina was created in 1991 by the merging of its three partners: Alberto Lievore, Jeannette Altherr and Manel Molina. Since its founding, the studio has been devoted to product design, consulting and the art direction of various companies, always offering individualized solutions. Throughout the years the studio has been recognized for its furniture design, its interior design projects, its products, and packaging. Simultaneously, the studio has developed an intense teaching practice, giving seminars and training courses to new professionals at various Spanish universities and other organizations. The studio has been awarded many national and international awards, including Spain’s National Design Award in 1999. Lievore Altherr Molina has exhibited their work in Barcelona, Cologne, Chicago, Stockholm, Helsinki, Lisbon, London, Lousiana, Madrid, Malmö, Milan, New York, Paris and Tokyo. Their ideas and projects are regularly published in the most prestigious design magazines around the world. Coalesse is excited to introduce the Enea Lottus collection, designed by Lievore Altherr Molina. Available Fall 2010, the Lottus collection of stacking chairs, stools and tables offers a simple, clean aesthetic to most live/work settings. Easy to store, easy to clean and user-friendly, the Enea Lottus collection is a logical solution for any environment.