50th anniversary interviews

Mariano Ferrer

Co-founder of Mobles 114 and designer

What are your memories from the beginnings of Mobles 114?

Massana, Tremoleda and I started together the adventure of Mobles 114. In those years, starting a business involved a certain risk, but the endeavour was successful thanks to our energy and good mood. I was part of it until 1981.

Massana and Tremoleda were excellent partners, and it was very pleasant to work with them as a team.

How would you define the evolution throughout these 50 years?

Mobles 114 has managed to operate excellently during these first 50 long and difficult years. Since 50 years are always long and difficult, this anniversary is quite an achievement and I hope they can continue for many years to come.

What is the product you would highlight from the collection?

As is obvious, I consider the star product to be the GIRA lamp, which paved the way and has remained the brand’s hallmark. Everything by them has never lowered the bar, quite the contrary.

’50 years of a furniture publisher’, a commemorative book

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Mobles 114, we have published ‘50 anys d’una editora de Mobles‘, a limited edition book that commemorates the compilation of our trajectory. We wanted to bring together all the products we have manufactured or distributed, both those that are still featured in the current catalog and those that are no longer present.

In addition, we have highlighted the people who have been a fundamental part of our history, the logos made by América Sánchez or Folch Studio, the several different fonts that have been used over the years and also the multiple locations we have had since our inauguration on October 19, 1973 at 114 Enric Granados Street.

From the beginning, Mobles 114 has put on the market a series of furniture and objects with the intention of doing things as well as possible and avoiding discordance. We have given life to pieces that have transcended the simple functionality of furniture, some of which (such as the Tria bookshelf, the Torres Clavé armchair or the Ona coat rack) have become icons that have filled spaces all over the world.

This collection carried out by the founders and designers, JM Massana and JM Tremoleda, has benefited from the participation of other designers and artists throughout these 50 years, such as Antoni Arola, Martín Azúa, José Antonio Coderch, Isidre Ferrer, Mariano Ferrer, Joan Gaspar, Josep Maria Jujol, Lagranja, Enzo Mari, Javier Mariscal, Rafael Marquina, Nani Marquina, Miguel Milá, Gabriel Mora, Isamu Noguchi, Gabriel Ordeig, Montse Padrós, Lluís Pau, Jorge Pensi, Lluís Porqueras, Eugeni Quitllet, Carles Riart, André Ricard, Germán Rodríguez Arias, Santiago Roqueta, América Sánchez, Pete Sans, Álvaro Siza, Josep Torres Clavé, Helena Tremoleda and Oscar Tusquets. They all have created collaborations producing unique pieces.

Each and every one of these authors have contributed to the enrichment of our portfolio, as well as the consolidation of our commitment to innovation and sustainability. We have adopted responsible practices to preserve the environment, and such commitment has influenced our design and production processes.

Finally, we look ahead with encouragement through new projects and new collaborators to ensure the continuity of the legacy of the past 50 years.

This book was made possible thanks to Studio Albert Romagosa, who suggested its idea, structure and design. The illustrations are by Luis Mazón. We would also like to thank the Design Museum of Barcelona, collection Mobles 114, for lending us the images that have illustrated this book.

Photographs: Marcel Juan