Just like a painter, Sancal are happiest when they are at work, creating.
Over the past few years this authenticity has become highly appreciated, catapulting the firm to one of prominence in Spain.
Sancal were born under the Spanish sun some forty years ago, and remain there to this day. Their Spanish identity: passionate, open, joyful yet humble is captured in every design. Sancal are proud of their artisans and would not dream of outsourcing their carefully crafted pieces to foreign sweat shops.
Their love for their roots naturally extends to the environment. Their factory is nestled amongst the mountains in the south east of the country. Sancal produce their own electricity, and comply with ISO14000, but above all they reject the dictates of throw away consumerism, carefully producing pieces that are designed to pass the test of time.
Just like a painter, Sancal are happiest when they are at work, creating. Over the past few years this authenticity has become highly appreciated, catapulting the firm to one of prominence in Spain.
MADE IN SPAIN
Sancal is a family company, owned and run by the Castaño-Carpena family. Santiago, José, Antonio and Elena are the sole shareholders. They have been joined by other members of the family who guarantee the future of this exciting venture.
Santiago was just twenty when he decided to set up shop on his own manufacturing classic Marie Antoinette style chairs. As demand grew, he enlisted the help of his brother Pepe and his wife Concha. Together, they transformed Sancal into the family company that it is today.
Sick of tufts and gold thread Santiago pivoted towards modern design. Sancal’s revolution coincided with a new period of openness in Spain as the country successfully made the transition to a liberal democracy. In keeping with the spirit of the times, the new designs were for everyone. The best seller was Model 33, a modular design that enabled a near infinite number of compositions
Sancal’s interest in design has evolved over the years. As an introverted rationalist, Santiago has always found design to be the best way to do away with the superfluous. This personal philosophy guided the company during its first decades.
The new century saw the artistic direction of the company being handed onto Santiago’s talented daughters Esther and Elena. Their take on design is more hedonistic and extroverted, where communication becomes part of a product’s function. The Natural, Flash, Tierra and Gráfica collections are testament to this evolution.
A peaceful transition rather than a revolution, the company stands in good stead for future generations.