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Apr 02, 2016

New Practices in Design
Curatorship by José Bártolo

Emergent examples in design made in Portugal.

Novas Práticas do Design [New Practices in Design] stems from a set of radical questions, framed within a critical, contemporary reflection on the social effectiveness of design, as put forth by the Milan Triennial commissioner’s office. Who designs? For whom is it designed? How is it designed? Why is it designed?

Assuming that such questions, once renewed, raise renewed answers, this exhibition module, curated by José Bártolo, brings together 13 projects deemed to represent emerging project forms that are part of Portuguese design, through which topics such as authorship, production, participation, and political economics of design, can be thought out.

Within the selected objects, we find a diversity of types and materials, as well as technical, formal and functional solutions, that have been looked at. Chair, table, lighting fixture, sideboard, but also objects with a hybrid decorative or performing function.

By displaying recent projects by designers such as Martinho Pitta, João Abreu Valente, Fernando Brízio or Susana Soares, this exhibition offers an approach to the way young designers have been rethinking traditional production sectors in Portugal – such as glass, ceramics or furniture – valuing experimentation, aesthetic innovation, and social responsibility.

As part of the Portuguese participation at the XXI Triennale International Exhibition Milan 2016, the New Practices in Design exhibition module will be presented at Leonardo da Vinci National Science and Technology Museum.

invited designers
André Teoman, Fernando Brízio, Galula, Joana Santos Barbosa, Jorge Carreira, Luís Nascimento, Manuel Amaral Netto, Marco Sousa Santos, Martinho Pita, Raul Cunca, Samuel Reis, Susana Soares, Toni Grilo, Vitor Agostinho

objects after objects