José Antonio Gandía-Blasco Canales was born in Ontinyent, Valencia.
After studying law at the Valencia University, he joined the family
business GANDIA BLASCO, a blanket manufacturer. After travelling throughout Spain as a business agent, he began to take on responsibilities in the company. The building of his summer residence in Ibiza in 1996 and the need to
furnish the house with outdoor furniture that would match the
architectonic concept, took José A. to take a closer look at furniture
design for the first time. In close collaboration with the architect,
they developed the “Na Xemena” collection which is still the outdoor
furniture reference of the company Gandia Blasco. Experimenting and innovating with materials and shapes, he has been able
to turn the ideas of a lover of the Mediterranean culture into a brand
image and lifestyle which are well known on the five continents.