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The Loscertales family donates the historical file of their factory to the University

The bequest consists of some 20,000 furniture and decoration plans.

FotoManuelCastells/During the signature of agreement, in the foreground, Jorge Loriente, Igor Errasti and Cristina Loscertales. Behind, the rest of the family, members of the file General of the University and the School of Architecture.

12 | 01 | 2024

The Loscertales family has signed a agreement with the University of Navarra to donate the historical file of the business furniture to the academic institution in order to conserve and make its catalog available to the research .

Loscertales furniture business was born in 1890. It was founded by Luciano Loscertales Sanz and achieved international fame when his heir, Simón Loscertales Bona, was at the helm. It remained active until 1995, with a workforce that grew to more than 500 employees and a catalog of more than 15,000 models. The furniture was designed in the factory in Zaragoza and distributed in its stores in Madrid, Seville, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Oviedo, Vigo and Pamplona. Some of its pieces can be found in the palaces of Moncloa and Zarzuela as well as the congress de los Diputados. In addition, the client portfolio extended internationally and reached hotels, embassies and banks in countries such as France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Nordic countries, the Netherlands, England, Russia, Morocco and the United States.

The donation consists of nearly 20,000 full-scale plans of furniture and decorations used by factory workers to complete orders. It arrived at the University of Navarra at the end of October and, since then, the process of identifying, describing, analyzing and digitizing each plan has begun. The file General of the University of Navarra holds more than 300 personal collections. Yolanda Cagigas, director of file General of the University of Navarra, has stated that the goal of these funds "is to put them at the service of researchers. Once its archival treatment has been completed, the Loscertales collection will be freely accessible, like all the collections we hold".

For his part, Carlos Naya, director of the School of ArchitectureThe collection will be used to study specific episodes of design and the manufacture of furniture, which will be translated into final works of Degree or in thesis doctoral theses". In this line, Yolanda Cagigas considers that "the novelty is that we will be able to provide documentation to specialists in the history of furniture, which is also of great interest to Degree at design".

During the visit to campus of the University of Navarra, the Loscertales family was able to learn about the project that is being developed thanks to the plans in the catalog. "We are very grateful to the University for having echoed the donation of the history of Simón Loscertales Bona. For us it is very exciting to know that the work of our grandfather will have a future and will be a great financial aid for students and artists," says Javier Loriente Loscertales, spokesman for the family.