Manerba S.p.A. is a Mantua-based company with production facilities in Gazzuolo. We have been working in the office furniture sector since 1969. Corporate identity is founded on three values which are by no means easy to combine, but together they constitute the uniqueness and strength of Manerba.
DNA is everything. Established in Mantua in 1969, in the historic Palazzo Torelli, Manerba has always breathed the art of living and working well. For over 2000 years, nature, art, technology, gastronomy, fashion and commerce have coexisted and thrived in Mantua, spontaneously practicing concepts borrowed from other worlds: sustainable, wellness, green, smart, cool, sharing...
Manerba is a 100% Italian SME, a transparent company that offers all the guarantees and certifications of an industrial enterprise. At the same time, its small size and mental agility allow the company to meet the customization requirements and requests of customers, both large and small.
How many companies in the historically colorless office sector are led by women? Sisters Grazia Manerba, a scrupulous engineer, and Elisa Manerba, a tough sales woman, have been running the company founded by their parents - and boasting an 80% female workforce - for 10 years now. Their work is flanked by the enlightened and distinctive art direction of the architect Raffaella Mangiarotti, one of Italy’s most renowned designers on the international scene.
Inherent to the industrial structure are the qualities and advantages most sought after today - quick delivery, tailored supplies and design support – all feasible thanks to an organisation system following independent contract logistics and making use of large-scale production lots stored and assembled in the warehouse, as well as a specialised Technical Department.
Our strong point is quality control at all stages of production. The company’s commitment to respecting safety and health at work is confirmed by substantial investments, to ensure that our products comply with Italian and foreign regulations. Achieving the highest level of certification demonstrates the accurate execution and validity of the tests to which the company submits its products, carefully selecting the materials used in production. ISO 9001 and UNI EN ISO 14001 approval witness this.
Great attention is also paid to the culture of environmental sustainability, which favours the concepts of recyclable materials and eco-design. Among many initiatives it is worth mentioning the experimental project "Office + Retrofit" - organised in collaboration with the Mantova Innocenter services and innovation centre (MAIN), the designers of Studio Sovrappensiero and the Advanced Design Research Unit - INDACO dept. of the Milan Polytechnic, coordinated by Prof. Flaviano Celaschi - selected by the Permanent Observatory of Design ADI for publication in the ADI Design Index 2011.
The quality of design, aesthetics, functionality and reliability over time, inherent in Manerba products, has been recognised by a prestigious international institution, the Museum of Architecture and Design of the Chicago Athenaeum, which twice awarded the Good Design Award to our company from Mantua: the first time for the Revo collection in 2009 and the following year to the K-word system, both designed by Giovanni Giacobone and Massimo Roj, Progetto CMR.