During this year’s edition of Maison et Objet, there was a particular event dedicated to Portuguese Design and Craftsmanship history. The Talk conference “Portugal: Eldorado archi, design, craft?” captured the attention of many curious people, and showing a clear picture of the future of Portuguese contemporary art and design.
This talk had some renowned speakers, specifically the designers Artur Miranda and Jacques Bec from Oitoemponto; the artist Joana Astolfi from Studio Astolfi; and Amândio Pereira, founder of Covet Foundation and CEO of Covet Group. The representatives of these three organizations shared their own ideas and knowledge about the possibilities that turn real when merging contemporary design and ancient crafting techniques in Portugal. As their work has shown it can lead to the creation of exquisite masterpieces.
Right now, Portugal is currently celebrated as a cultural tourism wonder. However, there’s also the tendency for it becoming a sanctuary for professionals of the design field. Many, architects, designers and artists, are choosing to open their workshops, studios, and ateliers in this same country.
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Marble work is an example of many traditions in Portugal, showcased in a lot of exceptional monuments. Materials, such as cork, and some woods, can be found in their finest quality state. Of course there and others, as exquisite veneers which are brought from Brazil and Africa since the Discoveries. Portugal is known for maintaining good relations of cooperation with other countries that were part of its history.
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There are cities like Sintra and Estremoz that were mentioned as examples of places in Portugal where their refined materials are used in extraordinary interior design and architecture. You can see the full conference for yourself here: