Spain beyond paella, fans and sangria was the mission of our design bloggers tour in this south-european country. Truth be told, we ate at least six different paellas and cooled ourselves with fans all the time – I think sangria was the only thing we didn’t taste in Spain. But we enjoyed a plethora of fantastic Spanish design – and day five of our tour was reserved for a visit to Gandia Blasco, a Valencia based home textiles & outdoor furniture design label.
Let’s get things straight from the beginning: I love home textiles so excuse my excessive imagery of Gandia Blasco’s textiles. But look at all the beauty – I loved their wonderful rugs, cushions and textile covered furniture pieces (these are nowadays summarized under the label Gan Rugs). And all this beauty lies in the brand’s DNA as Gandia Blasco started off back in 1941 as a manufacturer of blankets.
Since 1996 they have expanded their portfolio with outdoor furniture that blends modern simplicity with Mediterranean shapes – look at the beautiful Textile chair, inspired by fashion and utterly Mediterranean. One of their absolute design highlights is the ‘Ensombra’ sunshade designed by Odosdesign and made from a base of galvanized steel – and the sunshade unfolds like a – typical Spanish – fan. So after all, there was some Spanish cliché well wrapped in contemporary design. Bravo!
The visit to Gandia Blasco’s showroom left me with the burning desire to move to a Mediterranean town with an extensive outdoor space and unwind in one of their chairs while gazing at the Mediterranean. Well, my daydreaming was brought to a sweet end when I decided to jump into their big pool behind their showroom – I mean what else can you do at 40 degrees Celsius. Plus, those outdoor furniture pieces need to be tested in a real life situation, right? After a refreshing splash action in the pool we were invited to a wonderful and convivial lunch with the entire Gandia Blasco crew and left happily. Cooling ourselves with those small fans and dreaming of our own finca on the Mediterranean coast.
Photography by Igor Josifovic and Susanna Vento (image 1-4)