Butacas Nagi de Tomoya Tabuchi/ Nagi armchairs by Tomoya Tabuchi
ted by half the world. It is a huge pride, because
very few companies can claim a recognition that
reflects such endorsement of our strategy and,
of course, that strengthens the confidence of
In Viccarbe you have a philosophy based on
the humility of learning and the value of
people, how do these values fit into the voracious
and competitive market such as the
one we live in today?
Our greatest value is balance, we do not believe
in fashions but in conclusions. The market
is doing the digestion of two key factors: the
speed of unexpected technologies and strong
globalization. Both are great opportunities, but
with a sensible and ‘long-thinking’ strategy.
Whoever looks for shortcuts or forces the machine
in excess will pay a physical or emotional toll.
Viccarbe knows where it is, but above all where
it wants to be. One thing behind the other.
Your products adapt very well to contract
projects, but they are also suitable for home,
how do you achieve that balance between
public and private when creating a piece?
In Viccarbe we are Mediterranean, we prioritize
people and we are passionate about studying
how we interact with each other. The space of a
room is just an occasional umbrella. Home and
contract are already a ‘crossover’.
What is your favourite Viccarbe product?
Does it match the market’s favourite product?
I am often asked that, but I am not keen on favourites
... As I said before, I think about things
just the right amount. In addition, our collection
is fortunate because sales are widely distributed,
everything works in a fairly homogeneous way,
so we embrace many spaces in the projects we
Although we still consider Viccarbe a young
company, it is already 20 years old ... What
has changed in this time in your way of
Hemingway said that it takes two years to learn
to speak and sixty to learn to shut up. At Viccarbe
we try harder to learn by asking questions
rather than by boring people with monologues.
Time, if you value it, teaches you to listen more
and better, and this listening translates into a
more successful collection because you put the
client above your egos.
What would you say to an industrial design
student who would like to dedicate himself
to furniture design?
Do not be in a hurry, good writers are those
who have read many books before and you
have to enjoy learning without rushing. This is
another long-distance race.
Where do you see yourself in 20 years? How
would you like Viccarbe to evolve?
I see myself with more goals than memories.
Twenty or forty years are relative in a company
designed for the long term. Every X years new
competitors appear that shake the market and
with the same speed they rise, they go down,
because the rehashes and the rush are treetrunks
without roots. Viccarbe is a high-performance,
transversal and elastic team. We are
only just beginning.
What projects do you have in place right
now? (which can be counted ...)
Fortunately, many. From the new Apple offices
or Dropbox in San Francisco, to a restaurant in
La Albufera in Valencia. The scale is relative,
what we are really passionate about is how
we are going to improve the collaboration and
communication of people thanks to our furniture.
Silla Aleta Lounge, de Jaime Hayon/ Aleta
Lounge Chair, by Jaime Hayon
Sofá Sistema Soft de Lievore Altherr Molina/ Sistema Soft sofa by Lievore Altherr Molina