The start of this company goes back half a century to 1955, when a forwardlooking 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. â€œWe started from scratch. But I had already known the factory since I was 10. And I liked it.â€There were years that were â€œvery 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,â€ 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.
The studio of Lievore Altherr Molina was created in 1991 from the joining of three partners: Alberto Lievore, Jeannette Altherr and Manel Molina. From its beginning, the firm has been dedicated to product design, consulting and art direction. Always meeting every assignment with a customized solution, the studio has been recognized for its furniture design, interior design projects and products and packaging. In 1999 they received the National Design Award (el Premio Nacional) in addition to numerous national and international awards. Their work has been exhibited in Barcelona, Cologne, Chicago, Stockholm, Helsinki, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Malmo, Milan, New York, Paris, and Tokyo and is regularly published in international journals.