Pencil for Blackcork

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BlackCork, Maison & Objet at Now ! Design à vivre

Blackcork is a Portuguese contemporary furniture brand. The essence of the brand is based on the transformation of a material: expanded black cork.
Sofalca, a company from Portugal, manufacturer of black cork expanded agglomerate since 1966, for thermic and acoustic insulation in construction and decoration in architecture, is now design editor: intended to sublimate the subject betting heavily on original and innovative design with the brand Blackcork.

The designer and art director Toni Grilo invited the talented new generation of Portuguese designers to develop the first collection of 2014.
My “Pencil” coffee table was part of this collection and presented during Maison & Objet at Now! Design à vivre from 24th-28th January 2014 with BlackCork.

Bienal de Jovens Criadores da CPLP

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My sweet design fair

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My Sweet Design Fair is the latest curatorial experiment from creative collective Hello Randomness whose goal is to create a space for a kind of design which is to arty to be commercial and too commercial to be art. It took place during the Dutch Design Week at Eindhoven, Netherlands from 19th to 27th of October 2013.

My project “Universal” a collection of cork bath plugs with different and original shapes was selected, to be part of the exhibition.



Conversas XXXIV

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Conversas is a series of weekly informal meetings made so that we can get to know and discuss projects and interests.
During the event three Conversadores (those who talk at Conversas) bring something to share with the gathered group, for thirty minutes each. As the title suggests itself, Conversas (Conversations in Portuguese) aim at an equal set up from which both the Conversadores and the group should be able to profit. Events are open to all and the entrance is free.

I was a guest speaker for the XXXIV edition in Lisbon, Portugal the 23rd of January 2013 and I decided to talk about the relevance of the designer in a company. A large part of the portuguese industry has a fragil business model, without the creation of corporate products, where Design has no place. The role of the designer should become more and more preponderant, even at strategic levels, where added value creation becomes fundamental for the success of our industry.

Boisbuchet cork competition

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Boisbuchet integrates innovative architecture and design into the splendid setting of a 19th century estate. They invest in a culture that respects the past and builds for the future, research into a sustainable relationship between the natural and the man-made and offer a creative environment for people of all cultures to share.

The international community of designers and architect was challenged to design new and innovative uses for cork products or improve the existing portfolio of corked/based product. It results in a workshop for a competition organized by Vitra Design Museum and Domaine de Boisbuchet in partnership with Corticeira Amorim, the portuguese world market leader in cork production at the Domaine de Boisbuchet in France September 2012.

I was in the short listed with 20 other competitors invited to a specialized workshop where I submit my project known as “Universal”. It’s a cork bath plug with different and original shapes.


Design à mão

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Design à mão is an online platform developed by Rita Botelho that works as a meeting point between Portuguese craftsmen and designers all over the world who want to work together. The main goals of this platform are to make the contact between craftsmen and designers easier, to join different generations and motivate the creation of opportunities to exchange different techniques and work approaches in innovative projects that revitalise Portuguese crafts.

Design à mão had a first exhibition developedand supported by the design gallery Show me, based in Braga, Portugal. The goal was to launch the online platform and  to initiate an object collection. I had the opportunity to present there “Bastidor”, a wall clock whose tools to make it are from the cross stitch.



Design Management Europe award

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The Design Management Europe award took place at Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia the 23rd of september 2011, aiming to highlight the value of design management within a business. The DME Award recognizes those enterprises that have mastered the ability to put design at the service of their business strategies. The DME Award evaluation is based on four criteria, which were agreed upon by a group of experts in 2008: leadership in design innovation; driving change through design; excellence in design co-ordination and strategic performance. After a competition between 500 companies from European Union, Piodão get an honorable mention for the use of Design to reach a new market position.

Being the company’s head of Design at that time, It was a big reward for putting design ahead in the company’s business strategy.



Sardinha ao Sal

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The “Sardinha ao Sal” presentation took place at TemaHome gallery in Lisbon the 29th of May 2010. The project is a limited edition of 100 pieces exclusive for the gallery. It celebrates the arrival of the Sardines season and pays hommage to the recovered mould of a common sardine from the Bordallo Pinheiro Ceramics.



ExperimentaDesign 09

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Aside to the Experimentadesign Biennal, Timeless was a special event setting up at the Museu do Oriente in Lisbon, Portugal from September,9th to November, 8 2009. More than an exhibition, this event has been created by Frederico Duarte + Pedrita. Timeless focuses on a theme that is of paramount importance in today’s society, as well in our future as inhabitants of planet earth. Timeless dwells on raising the level of production explores the use of less resources. It invokes not only the analysis of the consumption of raw materials in productive processes, but also the reconsideration of the final product in terms of efficiency and performance.

Designers have the comptetence, the ability to rethink the way in which we are, presently, producing artefacts – wether tangible or intagible – intended for our needs, simultaneously proposing new methods, new solutions and new formats, therefore making our daily life easier and lowring the consumption of resources.

Cartão desCrédito is a project made by The Office (Luis Nascimento + David Rodrigues), that includes one website and equipment developed in cardboard aiming to propose a new way to rethink consumer society and design challenges.