Pioneers of industrial design, Massana and Tremoleda stand out for their technological and functional designs. Together with Francesc Miravitlles they founded the company Mobles 114. His professional career was recognised in 2001 when his company received the National Design Award. Since the founding of Mobles 144, the team has focused on designing functional objects that are cost-effective, steering away from eccentric design for its own sake.
Josep Maria Massana was a pioneer of industrial design along with Josep Maria Tremoleda, who he studied with on the first industrial design course offered at Massana design school (1965-1969). In 1968 he created 'Equip de Disseny' with J.M. Tremoleda, F. Miravitlles and J. Doménec. Five years later, together with Mariano Ferrer and Tremoleda, he became an editor and co-founder of Mobles 114, a furniture store and interior design studio that also promoted the work of designers such as Carles Riart, at a time of considerable social and cultural change in which design had a role to play.
The success of this project was borne out in 2001 when Mobles 114 won the National Design Award.
Their designs are known for their high technological and functional quality and maximum optimisation of production costs. They stand out for the importance given to the functionality of the object and their distance from formalist exercises. Honesty is paramount and aesthetics consequence. Some of their most emblematic designs are the Gira table lamp (1978), the Tria bookcase (1978) and the Havana bench (1990).
Bold and functional in their approach, J.M. Massana and J.M. Tremoleda reinvented Barcelona's interior aesthetics through their timeless designs, prestigious enterprise and gracious friendship.
Pioneers of industrial design, Massana and Tremoleda have for decades formed a partnership instantly recognisable for its sensible and useful designs. Both were founders of the company Mobles 114 in 1973, together with Francesc Miravitlles and Jordi Domènech. Tremoleda was also the first president of RED (Reunión de Empresas de Diseño) and served as president of ADI-FAD from 1989 to 1990. Tremoleda's career achieved notable recognition when Mobles 114 received Spain's National Design Award in 2001.
Mariano Ferrer studied design at Eina University, and went on to work as a designer in several companies; he also contributed to the creation of Mobles 114, a Barcelona-based company that edits contemporary furni ture. Since 1981, he has established his own studio and works as an independent designer.