Les Bernardes Cultural Center was in need of special seating for the events they hosted.”

The collection takes its name from Les Bernardes Cultural Center, and was designed exlusively for the location. Consisting of a chair and a bench, the Bernardes collection was designed with the intention of capturing the austerity and discretion associated with the atmosphere of a religious convent.

Bernardes look as if it could have been made a hundred years ago.”

Both the seat and the back are made by utilizing the basket-weave technique, and are supported by ash wood cylindrical legs that are sanded to perfection. The concave form of the seat area provides user-ergonomy for maximum comfort.

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ANDREU Carulla.

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“A short deadline meant working intensely in order to achieve a mature result in a tight space of time.”

The design studio received the design request with a short time span which made them limited themselves on the selection of materials and production methods they desired. Limited time aspect lead to a seat design that looked as if it could have been made a hundred years ago.

The simplicity of the design provides an ageless appeal and sobriety for a seat that needs to stand the test of time. Despite its lightweight appearance, the nature of the materials provides a robust structure with and enduring nature.

“I create lively pieces with timeless appeal.”

Bernardes collection was designed for Cru by the Catalan-born Andreu Carulla. Following his childhood dream of becoming an inventor, in 2006 Carulla founded the product design studio Cru, which is one of the most experimental design firms working in Spain today. 


Andreu Carulla’s work spans in different disciplines of design, from furniture and lighting design, to food design and sculpture. By constantly experimenting with materials, old-school techniques and contemporary processes, a whimsical flair hallmarks the designer’s projects, granting each design a distinctive touch. 

Carulla’s work has earned several awards, including 2015’s best of the best Red Dot Design Award and 2012’s Elle Décor Best Young Spanish Designer, while his designs have been featured in publications such as Wallpaper, Surface Magazine, Monocle, Elle Deco and Architectural Digest.