Southwest of Valencia, the town of Moixent is a hub of traditional Spanish craft. The dry, Mediterranean climate that makes the region so hospitable to esparto grass – used to make everything from wicker baskets to seats, mats and espadrilles – has also nourished a long-established culture of local fabrication, with knowledge passed down through generations of artisans. Today, locally rooted furniture manufacturer Expormim harnesses these rich traditions to create exceptional furnishings with a rare sense of craft – elevated by recent collaborations with the likes of Jaime Hayon and MUT Design.
Drawing on over half a century of company history, Expormim’s respect for local tradition is complemented by a forward-thinking design approach. Consider the Frames seating collection. Designed by Jaime Hayon, the chairs offer a playful indoor take on rattan seating. Accented by a slightly rustic flair, the elegant yet unpretentious series was a winner at the 2016 German Design Awards. Last year, the hand-crafted rattan collection was expanded with a trio of new options. Alongside a simple new chair, a new dining armchair is joined by a comfortable and inviting low armchair.
Designed by Valencia’s internationally acclaimed Studio MUT Design, the Armadillo armchair is another inventive, indoor variation on rattan seating. Eye-catching yet understated, Armadillo’s sinuous rattan frame is a distinctly contemporary interpretation of the classic bowl-shaped Papasan chair form – and one that artfully conveys both the shyness and toughness of its namesake animal.
While many of Expormim’s recent indoor collections offer a spirited new take on rattan, the company’s outdoor portfolio is just as impressive. Exemplifying Expormim’s veneration of craft and tradition, Lievorre Altherr Molina’s Lapala chair is made with a hand-woven rope. But the artisanal fabrication is complemented with a durable, high-resistance nautical rope, as well as a slender and stackable frame of lacquered stainless steel.
Debuted in 1998, Lapala has become a modern classic, which has recently been updated with more ergonomic high-performance fabric and a wide range of new colourways. The result is an exceptionally durable chair that stands up to harsh outdoor weather – and looks good doing it.
Designed by Javier Pastor, the Nido chair offers another exceptionally refined – and meticulously crafted – outdoor seating option. Upholstered in hand-woven technical fabric, Nido is defined by its subtle but nonetheless striking angularity. Introduced in 2010, the armchair was updated eight years later with improved fabrics and a carefully refined design.
According to Pastor, “the armchair has undergone a simplification exercise for the sake of greater visual cleanliness while the dimensions of the seat and backrest have been reduced to boost comfort, both aesthetically and functionally. This update increases its ability to adapt to different spaces and needs, thanks to the combination possibilities offered by the new fabrics, ropes and finishes of the structure.”
Over half a century after the company’s founding in 1960, Expormim’s dual commitment to heritage and innovation has defined the company’s portfolio. Today, Expormim boasts a global presence – with a growing footprint in North America – but one that remains rooted in Spanish craft and culture. It’s an auspicious foundation for the next 50 years – and then some.
This content was published by Azure on behalf of Expormim.
Combining a reverence for hand-woven fabrication with a commitment to innovation, these seating collections elevate an Iberian tradition.