Last month we had the pleasure of inviting a group of professional architects and interior designers from Japan to take the GANDIABLASCO trip by the Mediterranean. They left from Salone del Mobile in Milan, where they had the chance to see the new collections from our three brands at the space located in Hall 20 B01/C6, and went straight to Ibiza, the island where José A. Gandía-Blasco, President and Creative Director of the Gandia Blasco Group made his dream come true by building his house at the foot of a cliff in the northern side of the island.
The house, an interpretation of the vernacular architecture of Ibiza, was the inspiration for the design of the company’s first outdoor furniture collection, and the magic of the island, the aesthetic that Gandia Blasco has been transmitting to the whole world since the 1990s.
During their first days the group enjoyed an impressive sunset at Ca Na Xemena, the golden light of the Mediterranean spring and a welcome cocktail that sparked conversations. The trip continued through the medieval roots of the old town of Ibiza and some of its emblematic architectural works, such as the Jean Nouvel building in the marina, as well as the best cuisine on the island: black rice, fresh fish stew, tomato bread…They also visited Los Patios, one of GANDIABLASCO’S latest contract projects in Ibiza, as well as other places of great natural beauty.
The second part of the trip was Valencia, where they were amazed by the historic center of the city of Roman origin: its mansions, the Cathedral, its churches and architectural remains.
We continued by visiting the studio of one of our designers, the architect Fran Silvestre, who gave an overview of his projects, including the BLAU collection designed for GANDIABLASCO. We then visited the very interesting Museum Alfaro Hofmann, a world-renowned Valencian conceptual artist. They were delighted.
The culmination was a visit to the GANDIABLASCO headquarters in Ontinyent, where they enjoyed a short movie of our history, and the visit to La Casa GANDIABLASCO, the architectural concept devised by José A. Gandia-Blasco that unites factory and house, the living showroom of the company where the group savored a tasting of the best wines from the Clos de Lôm winery, accompanied by cured cheese and cured ham. Moments in which we shared impressions, experiences and smiles.
After the appetizers came the moment of the Valencian paella, made in the village, and the best tomato grown in the area. In the afternoon they returned to Valencia to finish their visit to the most emblematic places of the city. At night they shared a dinner downtown and went to a flamenco tablao in Radio City.
We do not remember days, but moments. We hope to share more trips with clients and professionals interested in getting to know the lifestyle of the company born in the Mediterranean, its history, and the essence of our designs.
We want to give special thanks to Natsuko Nichiesu and Modern Living for their kindness and sympathy, for enjoying with us this trip through the GANDIABLASCO’s Mediterranean.
Until next time!