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.
Francesc Rifé’s career as an interior and industrial designer begins during the period of his academic training through various collaborations with architecture and design studios. He also assumes personal projects. In 1994 he founded his own studio in Barcelona and currently leads a team of professionals trained in various fields of design. His projects, national and international, range from interior to industrial design in the commercial and private sectors. The studio also has considerable experience in graphic design projects, photography and art direction. Its design philosophy is based on the spatial and geometric proportion. Throughout his career Rifé has received many prizes in the field of design, like ContractWorld Awards, ICFF Editors Awards, Ascer Prizes, and FAD Awards. Also, he has been nominated for the National Design Awards and the Delta Awards for Industrial Design. His work has been widely reported in the press and specialized publications and books nationally and internationally. Also, several books that collect his most outstanding works have been published. Currently he combines teaching with an active role in workshops, meetings, and conferences throughout the Spanish territory and internationally.