• José A. Gandía-Blasco
  • José A. Gandía-Blasco
  • José A. Gandía-Blasco
  • José A. Gandía-Blasco

    José A. Gandía-Blasco

    José Antonio Gandía-Blasco Canales was born in Ontinyent, Valencia. After studying law at Valencia University, he embarked on his working life in the family textiles firm, an internationally renowned business that he has headed since 1999.

    In 1996, building work was underway on his summer house in Ibiza; his quest for outdoor furniture that would do justice to its architectural style led José Antonio to make his first forays into the world of furniture design: \"In 1994 I travelled to Ibiza with the express purpose of finding a place to build my house. I eventually came across Na Xemena and I thought, this is it, I don\'t need to see any more. I had the house built and then added the terrace furniture. I never imagined that those pieces of furniture would be so important that they would trigger the reinvention of the Gandía-Blasco firm.

    That passion for Ibiza resulted in a furniture collection that was christened “Na Xemena”. Nowadays, items from range are sold all over the world and appear regularly in magazines and books in every country under the sun. The spirit and magic of the island is reflected in its lines and in its distinctive white colour, expressing its identity and my own”.

     

    How I found Ibiza...

    I first visited Ibiza in 1973 and my first sight of it was probably one of the best you could possibly have, as we set sail from Jávea in a boat that belonged to some friends of mine and we sailed right round the island. I was captivated by it. We went to Pacha and I discovered a dazzling new world with amazing people, so cosmopolitan, free-spirited and carefree. I’ll always remember that image and how I said to myself: this is where I want to be. My relationship with Ibiza is an everlasting love affair, I spend practically half of every week there in Ca Na Xemena.

    Some of its myriad facets...

    The fields, the dry stone walls, the architecture, the coves and simple food, because I’m not really a party person at heart.

    A luxury on the island...

    Walking in the fields, eating fish in one of the secluded coves, watch the sunset at Ca Na Xemena, have dinner in a quiet little restaurant somewhere on the island or visit ruined country farmhouses.

    My favourite moment...

    The most memorable moments are the sunsets at Ca Na Xemena, either alone or having a drink with friends. For a place, the cliffs on the north side of the island.

    A memory when I\'m far away...

    I miss everything that Ibiza means to my life.

    The magic of Ibiza...

    I think that’s very hard to define. For me, especially, the fields around the wonderful houses and their simple architecture, the dry stone walls, the secluded little springs and the coves with their amazing water, they\'re all magical.

    What I tell my friends...

    I always try to explain the way I see it, but it’s really not that easy, you have to feel and experience Ibiza for yourself. You only fall in love with it when you get to know it.

     

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