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This year’s edition of Maison et Objet had one particular talk focused on Portuguese Design and Craftsmanship history. The Talk conference “Portugal: Eldorado archi, design, craft?” captured the attention of many participants showing the importance of both design and craftsmanship.
This was an enlightening conference when it comes to the future of Portuguese contemporary art and design. The speakers were 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.
All of them shared their own ideas and knowledge about the possibilities that merging contemporary design and ancient crafting techniques in Portugal can bring to the creation of exquisite masterpieces.
Portugal is a country currently celebrated as a cultural tourism wonder. However, it’s remarkable that it is also becoming a sanctuary for professionals that work in the design field. Many, architects, designers and artists, are choosing to open their workshops, studios and ateliers in this country.
There are several ancient arts, among them marble work, which is a tradition in Portugal, and that is showcased in a lot of exceptional monuments. There are also some materials, like cork and some woods, which can be found in their finest quality state.
However there and others, as exquisite veneers are brought from Brazil and Africa since the age of the Discoveries. After all, Portugal is known for maintaining good relations of cooperation with other countries that were part of its history.
Cities of Portugal, specifically Sintra and Estremoz, were mentioned as examples of places in Portugal where refined materials are still used in extraordinary interior design and architecture to this day.