Urban Block Chair by Actiu
Urban is formally delicate, light, technological and robust. It combines various different materials such as plywood, polypropylene, aluminium and steel, that along with an extensive range of upholstery and elastic fabrics, offer comfort and strength necessary for each application.
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Actiu is a leading Spanish furniture manufacturer operating in more than 50 countries. Actiu started as a family company in the Alicante region in Spain and specialises in creating furniture for work and public spaces. Actiu products are born from constant investment in Research and Development and collaboration with design professionals.
Through Actiu’s experience as a manufacturer, it has combined its flair for assimilating new technologies and strong investment in production capabilities to develop real skill and accuracy when working with primary materials such as aluminium, steel or glass and compounded materials such as mfc, fabrics, thermoplastics and composites.
The company’s speed and flexibility allow it to launch new products in a short period of time, while the production system can perform with the same efficiency for large projects and small orders.
Actiu products are produced at their state of the art production facility at the Actiu Technology Park.
The design by Jose Maria Tomas LLavador, was based on sustainability and self- sufficient use of natural resources and includes Europe’s largest rooftop photovoltaic plant with state-of- the-art technology and an output of 7 million kWh of solar energy.
Sustainability and the Environment are top of mind at Actiu. Their responsibility to the environment goes further than researching and developing new technologies to reduce environmental impact, Actiu is actively involved in many activities to conserve the environment.
Actiu provides flexible cost effective solutions with the added reassurance of knowing that the products have been produced in a sustainable way.
About the designer
ITEMdesignworks is a leading spanish design consultancy based in Bilbao.
They are designers as well as engineers trained in Spain and London, with more than 20 years of professional experience.
They have developed projects in very diverse fields such as: public transportation, automotive, household appliances, electronic devices, fitness and furniture for domestic, contract and office markets.
Javier Cuñado, ITEMdesignworks manager, studied Industrial Engineering in Bilbao and later graduated in Product Design at Ravensbourne College of Design in London.
In 1988 Cuñado founded Item Design in which developed after twenty years of activity, projects in virtually all fields of design.White domestic appliances, office furniture, electronic goods, fitness equipment and many consumer products.