Gandia Blasco, Spagna
Not much happens by chance in life. The strong power of determination and the vision to understand certain facts much earlier than they happen take us to great deeds. José Gandía was clever enough to fi nd a place to build a house on these cliffs and thus achieve a prodigy in the outdoor furniture market. In only a few years, he has overturned the branch in a well-aimed and reformist way of understanding this space in which architecture unfolds and expands into the open air. Landscapes furnished and lighted from a rigorous, essential view, festive, refreshing, and new at the same time. First, there was the series named after the enclave, Na Xemena, by Ramón Esteve, the architect of the cliff house. No other family of outdoor furniture has been celebrated like this in Spain. It invaded swimming pools, gyms, hotel rooms and porches all over the peninsula. Then the door was opened to the international markets and to the work of other authors: Patricia Urquiola, Francesc Rifé, Mario Ruiz. And always with a constant work, recognised with walkabouts, with what he designs himself (Daybed, Chill...): He has conquered our terraces with beds to rest under the sun, geometric canopies and even Indian tents, in a clear argument in favour of the horizontal position, of total relax.
An excellent tribute to good life.
The best architecture has found, finally, a great ally.
Twelve dreams under the big blue sky
Lounging and dreaming in the big outdoors, preferably on huge sofas and comfy daybeds, into which we lightly sink and forget the everyday rat race.› To the article
Twelve adult playgrounds
Crawling into hanging birds’ nests, taking refuge in airy tipis and hiding in modern wooden constructions: Kids aren’t the only ones allowed to play outdoors.› To the article