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Meet our expert Anna Montano

How did you join Colliers?

Before working in real estate, I started my career in Marketing and Communication for 17 years in a large American telecommunications group. I then switched to interior design, my first vocation, when I went back to school. I then went freelance, specialising in office architecture, then in the works unit of a furniture manufacturer, Majencia, and finally with a Spanish furniture manufacturer to find an international dimension while remaining close to interior design. I joined Colliers 7 years ago.

What project are you working on? What does your job involve?

As Furniture Manager, my role is to advise our clients and my colleagues by providing them with furniture expertise. I work both on operations for our clients as part of fitting-out projects and on furniture assignments (assisting companies in the context of a call for tenders, on the administrative side, financial analysis, setting up a showroom as part of a test, etc.). I also assist my colleagues in the preparation of responses to competitions, as well as in the selection and prescription of products. Discover our project management jobs > 

A very important part of my job is to build relationships with furniture suppliers. With over 600 international supplier contacts and a wide range of products, we are able to offer the furniture that best meets our clients' needs.

What do you like most about your job?

I have found my place in this very creative, dynamic and international environment, which offers me a rich intercultural experience every day.

What is the design project you are most proud of?

Without hesitation, the project for Grant Thornton. In 2016, this auditing firm turned to Colliers' teams in complete confidence to fit out its new headquarters. I assisted with this project by working with the architects and the client. But also the more recent pro-working spaces we have done for Covivio and Wellio, which are less conventional with a wide variety of furniture.

What is the most iconic furniture you've seen?

I love the innovative products designed by students, for example what you can see at trade fairs like OrgaTech in Cologne, where they imagine the furniture of tomorrow. Some of the structures are atypical and yet they fit in with all working postures. I also like the furniture developed for outdoor use, such as the self-contained bubbles or the modular furniture offered by Sedus' Se.lab range, which we used at our client Europ Assistance.

There are many iconic pieces, but the most interesting thing is the answer to the question: how can we reduce our consumption and make the furniture last? There is still a lot of work to be done to improve the recyclability of furniture, but this question is essential.


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