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Actiu: Inspired by Movement

Innovative Spanish company Actiu believes in a world inspired by movement: a place where people have the power to make things happen and the ability to deliver change. In such an arena, the individual is encouraged and supported to find the drive needed to succeed, whatever the scale of commitment.

A Family Affair

A first-generation family business, Actiu was born in 1968 (originally under a different name, the present Actiu brand was created in 1995). At the outset, founder Vicente Berbegal established a small workshop that manufactured many types of furniture requirements. The modern-day Actiu evolved as the world changed: the company would pay particular attention to the furniture requirements of rising new technologies and explore the demands of a 21st century office environment. Today, Actiu specialises in the design and manufacture of original office furniture and enjoys a presence on a global scale. To its credit, Actiu manufactures 100% of its products in Castalla, a town in the province of Alicante, Spain.

The Cron chair is pictured (L to R) in a high backrest with headrest and low backrest.
The Cron chair from Actiu is pictured (L to R) as a high backrest with headrest and a low backrest.

Actiu: Active, Dynamic and Restless

Actiu is people-centred, led and focused. It approaches design with fervour, in a manner that is forward-looking, progressive and modern. “Actiu” is a Catalan expression meaning activedynamic and restless. This is a company that is always on the move: to move is to ensure one’s creativity remains wide awake. Actiu embraces a way of thinking where movement, effort, passion and perseverance are essential components in our day-to-day work. The company’s mantra is energetic and intense, competitive and positive. On the outside looking in, Actiu is a company with an almost enviable position, one whose very being lives its values and believes in its people. At Actiu, there is little sense of grandeur or ego: the company’s approach is altogether fresh, inviting and honest.

Badminton presents an individual soft seating concept.
Badminton from Actiu presents an individual soft seating concept.

Actiu’s Principles

Actiu values a number of key principles, including:

  • Sustainability – the company is recognised by the US Green Building Council with the LEED®️ Gold certificate.
  • Architecture – by combining innovation, space and furniture, Actiu believes architecture acts as a powerful tool, able to facilitate better working environments.
  • Technology – new technology has allowed Actiu to coat its metal products organically, without discharging CO2 into the atmosphere.
  • Healthy work – the working environment impacts on an individual’s health and well-being. Therefore, office furniture is an important factor in mitigating health concerns and fulfilling ergonomic needs.
Prism enjoys a Scandinavian-style aesthetic.
Prism from Actiu enjoys a clean Scandinavian-style aesthetic.

Selected Actiu Designs

Ever on the move and continually striving to meet contemporary workspace demands, Actiu has developed a series of programmes encompassing products that combine functionality, comfort, ergonomics and good design. Examples include:

Prisma

In Prisma, designers Sylvain Carlet & Isern Serra worked to incorporate elegance, sophistication and a minimal approach, all packaged within a clean Scandinavian-style aesthetic.

Prisma by designers Sylvain Carlet & Isern Serra.
Prisma desk by designers Sylvain Carlet & Isern Serra.
Prisma desk by designers Sylvain Carlet & Isern Serra.
Prisma desk and Cron chairs.
Prisma desk.
Prisma desk.

Shey

Shey, a collection of modular seats by Ramos & Bassols, epitomises the open and transparent working environment. Shey offers flexibility and freedom, as well as a multifunctional and collaborative approach to work.

Shey is a collection of modular seats by Ramos & Bassols.
Shey is a collection of modular seats by Ramos & Bassols.
Shey modular seating.
Shey modular seating.
Flexible Shey modular seating.
Flexible Shey modular seating.

Wing

The Wing chair is fun, colourful and comfortable. Designed by Ramos & Bassols for Actiu, Wing received a Red Dot Design Award in 2015. Cleverly blending tradition with technology, Wing is a stackable gas injection chair whose backrest resembles the more conventional bentwood variety.

The stackable Wing chair was designed by Ramos & Bassols.
The stackable Wing chair was designed by Ramos & Bassols.
Wing chairs designed by Ramos & Bassols.
Wing chairs designed by Ramos & Bassols.
Wing chairs designed by Ramos & Bassols.
Contemporary and fun. Wing chairs designed by Ramos & Bassols.

Cron

Cron has the classic qualities of an executive chair, combining adjustable operative features with a minimal, aesthetic design. The seat is available in three models: a high backrest with headrest, high backrest only and low backrest. Cron was designed by Marcelo Alegre for Actiu. Sleek and self-assured, it is a veritable modern-day classic.

Cron has the classic qualities of an executive chair.
The Cron high backrest has the classic qualities of an executive chair.
Cron was designed by Marcelo Alegre.
Cron was designed by Marcelo Alegre.
Cron is a modern-day classic.
Cron is a new modern-day classic.

Winner

With its efficient ergonomics, Marcelo Alegre designed Winner as a seat that allows the sitter to change positions in a natural way, with little effort.

Winner by Marcelo Alegre.
Winner by Marcelo Alegre.
The Winner chair.
The Winner chair.

Badminton

Intended as an iconic office chair, Badminton invites the individual to sit untethered, free from the confines of a desk. Designed by Javier Cuñado, this soft seating concept is both unusual and striking.

Badminton by Javier Cuñado.
Badminton by Javier Cuñado.
Badminton invites the individual to sit untethered, free from the confines of a desk.
Badminton invites the individual to sit untethered, free from the confines of a desk.
Badminton soft seating.
Badminton soft seating.

Longo

An attractive storage solution by designers Ramos & Bassols, Longo is self-configuring and modular.

Longo is a contemporary storage solution by designers Ramos & Bassols.
Longo is a contemporary storage solution by designers Ramos & Bassols.
Longo by designers Ramos & Bassols.
Longo by designers Ramos & Bassols.

All images © 2016 ACTIU Berbegal y Formas S.A.

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