Far from being a prophet in his land, designer Jaime Tresserra is one of the great unknowns of Spanish luxury inside Spain. His work has carried great acclaim beyond the borders of his country and has captivated Spaniards and foreigners with his exquisite furnishings. For 26 years, this Barcelona native has led his company, Tresserra Collection, aware that his business is directed to a select group of clients and doesn’t generate as much interest as the latest trendy handbags.
His company’s structure is quite intimate. With only twelve employees, all the parts are manufactured in Barcelona, except for a few leather pieces he commissions from the Ubrique workshop in the Spanish province of Cadiz. Tresserra exports 95 percent of its products and does it with the help of the Circle Fortuny Association to which he belongs. The businessman insists in upholding the excellence of the ‘made in Spain’ brand. Currently, the Association has among its members luxury labels like Loewe, Bodegas Vega Sicilia, Bodegas Numanthia, Lladró and Carrera y Carrera jewelers.
The furniture manufactured by Tresserra is for sale in the company’s showrooms in Paris and Barcelona, and soon will also be available in New York. His magnificent pieces adorn the Arts Hotel and the Museum of Decorative Arts, both in the Catalan capital, as well as the private offices of the Royal Palace in Qatar and in the Andrea, Yalla, Maltese Falcon, April Fool and Fathom superyachts. Acclaimed film director Pedro Almodóvar featured Tresserra pieces in two of his films, The Flower of my Secret (1995) and Live Flesh (1997).
His beautiful, elegant and refined creations boast a high degree of sophistication. The price of Tresserra furnishings ranges from $3,600 for a chair and around $142,300 for his Bolero pool table. His latest pieces are Coleccionista (around $35,300) and Cancionero, both upright modules with inserted rotors that help owners maintain and wind their automatic movement clocks.
To date, Jaime Tresserra’s creativity has produced over one hundred furniture models, including jewelry cases, armchairs, tables and desks. In his pieces, aesthetics is usually more important than functionality because the Catalan businessman believes “furniture is essentially decorative. ■