How do you find and select the designers you work with to create the collection?
A large part of what we do is discovering new designers to collaborate - it helps us keep the “fresh” feel within the range. For every designer we consider, we will meticulously study their background, their portfolio and really what makes them special. Once they’re approved we’ll then give them a specific scope for a piece we’ve been thinking about designing, so the initial concept is really a collaboration between us.
Sometimes designers will also approach us with a piece they’ve already designed and we’ll incorporate that as part of our portfolio. This is very rare though, and it’s only when we see something where we think 'this should be a Missana product' that we do this!
And how did Missana start out?
For the last 20 years we’ve worked from our atelier in Alberic, Valencia, Spain: upholstering handmade furniture. At first it was mainly for Spanish and French retailers but now most of our clients are international.
We’ve always been an upholsterer, but in 2012 we decided to shift our focus from being classic, timeless furniture to pieces with a more contemporary feel. We still hand-make all our pieces which is time-consuming but maintains the high quality of products.
Tell us more! How are your items hand-made?
All our products are made by hand following ancient upholstery techniques. We don’t involve industrial machinery in the desire to create unique pieces with high end finishings and an extreme care for detail.