Starting from “less than scratch,” the company today known as Andreu World began in 1955 when 17 year old Francisco Andreu experienced the loss of his family’s wood-working factory: “We started from scratch. But I had already known the factory since I was 10. And I liked it.” Weathering an unfavorable economic climate and a lack of infrastructure (no electricity), Andreu perservered by relying on a network of local artisans. Within a few years, electricity arrived and operations became streamlined. Shortly thereafter, Andreu began to manufacture Nordic style chairs using beech wood and the company began to earn a reputation as a quality purveyor of avant garde furnishings in the Modern style.