From Valencia to Chicago passing through 65 countries over the course of 50 years of history. The figures do not lie and less still the deep wrinkles that line the hands of the carpenter who has been creating chairs for half a century.
With his farsightedness, Andreu Martí, the founder of Andreu World, always aimed high, but it would have been difficult for him to imagine half a century ago that his small factory would reach such heights. Specifically, as high as the tenth floor of the Merchandise Mart Plaza, a colossal building that can claim to be the largest commercial building in the world, housing the great international furniture brands. Moreover, it is the headquarters of NEOCON, the most important furniture trade fair in the United States.
The journey has been long but worthwhile. Andreu World America currently occupies 250 m2 where it exhibits its work together with that of the giants of the sector, such as Vitra, Steelcase, Haworth, Herman Miller, B&B Italia and Knoll, to mention just a few. Chairs have always been the raison d’être of Andreu World. Its commitment to design and innovation have done the rest. Now, any of the three million visitors received by the Merchandise Mart Plaza every year can enjoy Andreu World’s latest collections. Noteworthy amongst these are the Smile, Radical and Lineal Confort designs, created by Lievore, Altherr & Molina. Shining next to them are the Valeria chairs by Estudio Andreu, Zarina, designed by William Sawaya, and Wok by Javier Mariscal.
The company’s management has been focused for some time on the North American market. Andreu World has been working here for five years under its own label. Just by looking at the number of projects completed by Andreu World America in the USA, it is clear to see that all the effort made has not been in vain. The latest projects to be completed are the Bronx Criminal Court Complex in New York, Tryg’s restaurant in Minneapolis, the Myth restaurant in San Francisco, the HYATT hotel in Chicago and the Finnegan Henderson law firm in Washington DC.
Andreu World has recently been awarded the National Design Prize, awarded annually by the Spanish Ministry of Industry. Some believe that they have reached the top of the world but Andreu World continues to look straight ahead, focused on the brand’s worldwide growth.