Sancal is a Spanish furniture company founded in 1973 at the height of the country's transition to modern democracy after the Franco dictatorship. Growning in close relationship with Barcelona's design community, Sancal’s decisive turning point came with the 1992 Olympics when it began to collaborate with Juli Capella and designers JJ Bela and Miguel Milà. Still family-owned. the brand’s second generation joined Sancal at the beginning of this century. They developed the multidisciplinary Estudio Sancal team with graphic designers, industrial designers, interior designers and upholsterers coordinated by an artistic director. This organisation allows Sancal's furnishings to be manufactured entirely in-house, from the initial phases to marketing. All production takes place in two factories in Yecla on the eastern side of the Iberian Peninsula in a 16,000-square-metre factory that employs some eighty professionals. Made-in-Spain is a fundamental value for Sancal, which puts approximately 30,000 products on the market every year, including sofas, armchairs, chairs and tables characterised by fine crafting, bright colours, versatility, irony and essential lines. Estudio Sancal regularly works with some of the world's best-known designers - Karim Rashid, Toyo-Ito, Sebastian Herkner, Luca Nichetto, Note Design Studio and Mut, as well as such artists and illustrators as Gesù Cisneros, Ana Galvañ, Carla Fuentes, Maria Herreros, Agostino Lacurci and Ricardo Cavolo.
Office furniture, according to Sancal
Today, the role of office space is being questioned and redefined by architects and interior designers, who propose a social vision of the new post-pandemic work environment. Sancal views the office as a collaborative environment designed with flexibility and versatility in mind, where small or large meeting rooms, breakout areas and workshops take on greater importance. To this end, Sancal proposals include modular seating systems, sofas and armchairs, acoustic insulation accessories and textile partitions. The ironic spirit of Sancal furniture is also expressed in designer office furnishings, like the Dividuals family of coloured poufs designed by Note Design Studio as part of the Void Matters collection. Used together or independently, they can form a single entity or function as individual pieces. The Vesper collection, a family of tables available in four heights to suit any context, also meets the needs of designer office furniture. Vesper, which in German means a cold dinner, is made of an innovative, flexible stone and resin material, allowing the bases to emulate the rounded edges of a pebble, while the tops use the same substance to simulate irregular edges formed by erosion. Sancal's office proposals are completed by swivel and waiting room chairs, partitions and furnishing accessories.
Sancal, chairs made in Spain
Seating is Sancal's true core business. The brand offers an extensive catalogue of sofas, armchairs and small chairs, all characterised by the brand's experimental and ironic spirit. The emblematic Roll chair, designed by MUT, eliminates all superfluous ornamentation and detail to reduce the chair's conventional form to just two elements - a steel frame and two cylindrical cushions for the back and seat. The same essential quality can be found in the Next Stop sofa, developed with Luca Nichetto as part of the Turati collection. Inspired by the Milan underground station with the same name, Nichetto reinterpreted the symmetry of train seats and the M3 lighting, creating an infinite modular seating system with a steel frame and ash veneer. Modularity is also the basis of Rafa García's Deep seating system. The rational and extremely flexible project was designed to offer comfort with the smallest possible footprint, demonstrating that simplicity does not necessarily conflict with luxury.