In 1963, the architect Javier Carvajal obtained first prize in the competition to build the Spanish Pavilion at the New York World’s Fair, which would earn him an Award from the Rockefeller Foundation leading to international recognition. The Institute of American Architects corroborated this, granting him the certificate of excellence for the project.
Destined to be placed in that magnificent pavilion, Carvajal thought about a piece of furniture that would see the light at the same time as the building. That piece was the Granada chair, destined to be iconic, which would be produced by the Valencian firm Martínez Medina, a leader in product manufacture, and which would become a highly valued and timeless work with extraordinary aesthetic qualities.
The architects of the nineteen-fifties became, thanks to their obsessions, and without being very aware of the fact, advocates of industrial design. And Javier Carvajal was obsessed with the design of the pomegranate (‘granada’, in Spanish).