Specialising in the manufacture of furniture for workplaces and public spaces, Actiu was founded 40 years ago in La Foia Castalla, in Alicante, southern Spain. Today, the company, which exports over 60 per cent of its goods and has a presence in over 65 countries, is one of Spain’s leading furniture manufacturers.
Actiu’s new, London showroom – situated in Clerkenwell, an area internationally renowned for selling design suited to architecture and the contract market – boasts a 250 sq m display area. Its philosophy is closely linked to the culture of the company, whose London premises appropriately feature a large, internal garden that provides plenty of light and transparency, green areas and an energy-efficient use of natural resources. The showroom’s interior has been conceived as an environmentally friendly workspace and showcase for the brand and its products, part of a sales and promotional distribution network, a space set aside for the continuous creation and development of products and a meeting point to display design in a social, cultural context.
To date, Actiu has been involved in major projects in the UK. It has supplied furniture for the offices of BAA Ltd (British Airports Authority) at London’s Heathrow airport, public areas for American Express, London’s Queen Mary University and National Army Museum and for the British subsidiaries of car companies Mazda and Ford. Actiu has also equipped the education areas and offices of the restored, expanded Whitechapel Gallery in London, an institution that’s over 100 years old and hosts art exhibitions and events.
Actiu recently won a close-run bid for a contract to furnish the offices and customer care centres of Transport for London (TFL), the organisation in charge of London’s public transport system. The 5.6 million Euro contract, which will take at least three years to complete, is expected to be seen as a truly prestigious project in the highly competitive, British market.
London’s Actiu showroom is part of the company’s network of stores in 10 capital cities dotted around the world – among them, Sydney, Paris, Madrid, Düsseldorf, Lisbon, Casablanca, Dubai… and now London.