Have we mentioned Ca Na Xemena yet? A lot has probably been said about this architectural piece located on the top of a hill facing the sea, on the island of Ibiza. The house belongs to José Gandía-Blasco, although it’s more than a house: Ca Na Xemena holds the key to understanding this story. We will now embark on a journey, a rite of passage, that closes the circle. We need to go back to the beginning. It happened by accident, almost. It was born from an outlandish idea: to manufacture outdoor furniture using aluminium profiles for windows. It was almost like DIY. Lack of money fuels imagination.
The year was 1996, and the wicker chair was the be all and end all of outdoor furniture. It was high time to improvise something that would tie in with the rehabilitation of the house. That experiment was like doing a triple back flip without a safety net, since the blanket company set its eyes on outdoor furniture. Over time, the mini-collection Na Xemena became the company’s flagship product and gained a cult-like status. Fate always manages to find its way (and to surprise us).
This house represents the aesthetic, conceptual and spiritual culture of GANDIABLASCO, lacing the air with reminiscences of its origin, an atavistic sea that gave birth to several civilizations. A personal manner of understanding the Mediterranean, the communion with Nature, the sensoriality, the light and a certain degree of mysticism. However, Ca Na Xemena can be taken as a cautionary tale: follow your instinct, listen to your intuition, believe in your dreams, they will guide you better than a compass. Does that sound funny? You can live without furniture, you can even live without a house. But you can’t live without dreams.