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OFF Portugal

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OFF Portugal
Our goal is to bring young independent Portuguese designers to the main stages of the design world. The project showcases the country’s most promising talents by initiating collaborations with local industries in order to reinvent traditional manufacturing techniques. The first beyond borders initiative presents experimental glass works in the exhibition Glass Cares at Milan Design Week 2017.

4 – 9 April – Ventura Lambrate
The exhibition Glass Cares showcases ten glass pieces developed during a two day workshop residency in Marinha Grande, a region known for its glass blowing tradition. The event brought together the process, curiosity, and desire to experiment of the young designers with the artistry and established know-how of the local craftsmen. Glass Cares was developed by a network of people interested in the field, representing a new wave of glass design. It is a joint initiative of Arquivo 237, Vicara, and Cencal. Future Off Portugal initiatives will explore a different material with the same principle: the fruitful encounter of young designers with a local industry that could benefit from a fresh approach.

Organization: Off Portugal
Production: Arquivo 237 e VICARA
Designers: Diana Medina, Eneida Tavares, Luis Nascimento, studio ojoaoeamaria, Jorge Carreira, Samuel Reis, Vitor Agostinho, Manuel Amaral Netto, Joana Silva and Paulo Sellmayer.
Glass blowers: Arlindo Francisco, Cláudio Garéu
Identity: Studio ahha
Video: Hugo Figueiredo

http://offportugal.com/

Seminar at IPCA

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4th February 2017

Luís Nascimento, a Portuguese designer based in Setúbal, was the guest speaker together with Vitor Agostinho (Mutant Molds) at a seminar on the Master’s Degree in Design and Product Development, which took place on 4th February.
The School of Design (ESD) is the latest teaching and research unit of the IPCA (Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave). It is part of the polytechnic public higher education network and is currently headquartered at the IPCA Campus, in Barcelos.


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IDPool Vista Alegre

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During 3 months I will be working under the program IDPool.
IDPool is a creative laboratory and production center in the fields of porcelain, crystal and ceramic that intends to stimulate the exchange of ideas and experiences between creative artists and high qualified professionals.

IDPool is supported by Vista Alegre a company with a long and distinguished history since 1824, and one of the most famous and prestigious brands in the world and aims to support young talent from around the world, offering a unique opportunity to develop projects in the context of Vista Alegre’s charming ceramic factory located in Ílhavo, Portugal, a factory that harbors the competence, dedication and knowledge of handmade porcelain and traditional production processes.

The IDPool’s aim is to be a professional, attractive and stimulating experience and to bring together creative people from all over the world to work in mixed groups, promoting design thinking through the presentation of ideas, debate and discussion.

The main goal is give shape to ideas and define a product development project down to the last detail, considering both the possibilities and limitations of the industrial manufacturing processes.

www.vistaalegre.com

Design(in)dustry

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LISBON DESIGN SHOW
7th edition 5 – 9 October 2016

The LXD is the biggest design event in Portugal, divided in 4 different areas: product (home and lifestyle), fashion (clothing, jewelery, shoes and other accessories), interior and graphic design. It stands out as the only platform to promote national design, young designers, educational institutions, emerging brands and startups. Besides the exhibition area, presents a dynamic schedule over the five-day event with workshops, conferences and fashion shows.

DESIGN(IN)DUSTRY is the theme for the LXD 7th edition.
The Lisbon Design Show, in this edition, aims to contribute for the success of the symbiosis – designer / industry through debate, exchange of experiences, creating partnerships and business – A social and economic MEETING-POINT at the service for industry, designers, creative, brands and startups.
For several years persisted a generational and conceptual ‘gap’, between the national industry and designers. However, the paradigm is shifting and partnerships between these two complementary universes are becoming more frequent, strategically more efficient and economically successful.

I was invited as guest speaker to talk about my experience with the portuguese industry among with Pedro Gomes (Pedro Gomes design studio), Jorge Lé Moura (Leitão e Irmão), Hugo Amado (Vista Alegre Atlantis) e Inês Caleiro (Guava)

www.lisboadesignshow.fil.pt

…Não apenas lugares de felicidade

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…não apenas lugares de felicidade
Lisbon, 30th September, 2016.

…não apenas lugares de felicidade is the title of the IX edition of the project Remade in Portugal.
The project, coordinated by the Portuguese Environment Agency and the organization Remade in Portugal, has the EDP Foundation as a partner and host from the second edition in 2008.
Together with EDP Foundation, the Remade found a deeper look, where environmental issues have become a pretext to ponder the human condition in the contemporary context, giving rise to a broad debate associating design and the visual arts to the arts visual, music, literature, communication design, fashion, film and architecture.
Designed in principle as a challenge to ecological design and the visual arts to reflect on the environment the Remade project and the EDP Foundation are a contact point in the dialogue between design and art, through parts of the Art Collection EDP Foundation and its artists .
… não apenas lugares de felicidade joins in this issue four curators in four episodes, mixing and building a story that does not want to give answers but raise the necessary questions that allow perceive whether there is or not a connection between the objects and spaces that they occupy, and if the spaces are or not, origin of happiness.

Enquanto existir o mundo
Curatorship by José Bártolo

Enquanto a terra durar, as sementeiras e as ceifas, o frio e o calor, o verão e o inverno, o dia e a noite não deixarão de se seguir.
Henri Troyat, Enquanto existir o mundo

Enquanto existir o mundo is an exhibition module consists of contemporary Portuguese design pieces that are shared between range of affinities, concept and procedural exploitation. It presents artist or limited series resulting from experimentation and contemporary reinterpretation of traditional processes which questions the limits of authorship and industrial production. The focus is the “hand scale” (small objects, manageable) objects shaped by materials exploration: glass, ceramics, metal: air and fire always present.
The border between product design and contemporary art is transgressed by these suggestive objects, narrative, which assume use of functions in the same way that enunciate semantic values.

invited designers
Atelier do Corvo, Paulo Sellmayer, Jorge Carreira, Vítor Reis, Eneida Tavares, Toni Grilo, Martinho Pita, Margarida Pereira, Luís Nascimento, Susana Soares, Vítor Agostinho, Samuel Reis e Vhils.

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Handle with care

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“HANDLE WITH CARE” – glass projects by young portuguese designers
Braga, 8th July, 2016.

On the latest July, 8th, the ShowMe design and art Gallery opened the exhibition HANDLE WITH CARE. It is a collective exhibition that gathers glass works of young Portuguese designers. There are 13 different approaches to this fantastic and versatile material which is glass, showing some of the experimentation being made in the national context. My project AROUND THE CORNER was presented at this occasion. The goal of this project was to explore the distortion of glass thank to the pressure against a corner put in a specific position. It will be exhibited until the 17th September.

HANDLE WITH CARE presents works from: André Teoman, Constança Bettencourt, Eneida Tavares, Francisco Pessegueiro, João Margarido, Jorge Carreira, Luis Nascimento, Magali Marinho, Martinho Pita, Paulo Sellmayer, Rita Pereira, Samuel Reis, Vitor Agostinho.

www.showme.com.pt

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Caldas Design Week 0

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Event of creation and display of Design in Caldas da Rainha will take place in various distinct parts of the city from the 24th to 27th of May.

Based on warehouse 1 of the old industrial facility of Secla, where is the exhibition «  Multitude – Do ideal ao possível » integrated into ReSeclar initiative, this event aims to show and create content involving the design during its different manifestations.
Caldas Design Week is an open and participating event involving various actors in the area who take part or benefit in some way from Design. Working as a platform, the Caldas Design Week is conceived to deal with the collaboration of different organizations and actors. They combine their diverse interests and contributions, events, shows, exhibition spaces and demonstration.
Being an identity element of the city, the first edition of Caldas Design Week aims to be the starting point for Caldas da Rainha as the privileged meeting place of Design in Portugal.
This event results from a partnership between SILOS container creative, Vicara and Arquivo 237 with the city of Caldas da Rainha and Esad Caldas da Rainha.

Glass exhibition

Glass projects from 10 different designers were presented during this exhibition. The pieces were designed during a glass-blowing workshop. It took place from January to March 2016 at Cencal in the city of Marinha Grande, thank to the coordination of Joana Silva and the help of Arlindo Francisco, Cláudio Duarte, Nélson Figueiredo, and Pedro Alves. This exhibition was curated by Samuel Reis.

With: Francisco Pessegueiro, Jorge Carreira, Luís Nascimento, Magali Martinho, Vitor Agostinho, Rita Pereira, Eneida Tavares, Madalena Avellar, João Margarida e Constança Bettencourt.

Cruzetas / Cabides exhibition

The starting point is an anonymous object which nomenclature changes in portuguese language between north and south: cruzetas or cabides (hanger). One may have invited various portuguese designers in order to deliver their own interpretation of the hanger. This exhibition has been coordinated by Paulo Sellmayer.

With: Ana Rita Sousa, Ana Vala, Diogo Dias João e Beatriz Bryant, Jorge, Luís Nascimento, Studio O João e a Maria, João Timóteo, Samuel Reis, Rita Martins, Mafalda Matos, Jorge Carreira, Eneida Tavares, Ana Rita António, Fábio Mendes, Margarida Pereira, Hugo Serra

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Design to Connect

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Design to connect was a two hours workshop dedicated to the master degree in communication. I conducted this session as a guest teacher by Fernando Oliveira. It took place at IADE, Lisbon in May 2016. My approach was to put different groups of graphic design students in contact with various kind of material as sugarcane, fabrics, threads, wool and jute. Their goal was to deal with a connection challenge and to create an original typography without glue or screws. The result was a multi dimensional and material approach among each groups who proposed their own composition of a letter to build a word.

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Objects after objects

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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

www.milan2016.esad.pt
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Design and design award 2015

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Design and design award is an initiative from Marc Praquin. Everyday the homepage of DesignAndDesign.com is dedicated to two projects, one in graphic design and the other in product or packaging design. More than a virtual application, this is also a book published yearly with all the awarded project.

“I realised that it is much easier for us designers to create things than to make a name for ourselves. So I decided to offer our community a simple yet powerful tool, completely free of charge, to free us from the monopoly of mainstream media and, at long last, let us speak for ourselves. This is how the Design and Design project got started. Already a reference in more than 160 countries, this tool is now being extended to a non-virtual application: every year, all awarded projects are published in The Design and Design Book of the Year.”
Marc Praquin, Designer

I was reward in 2015 for the best product design with “Veneer”, a wall hanger in December, 12th.

www.designanddesign.com

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