Portuguese News and Trends: In recent years, the definition of craftsmanship has acquired numerous perspectives, especially in Portugal. This has happened so not only because there’s a wave of new artistic expressions and techniques but also the interest of a newer generation of artisans and designers has grown exponentially, who aim to revolutionize this unique craft. One of the most influential strategies is undoubtedly the marriage between traditional and contemporary features in design productions. The following news and trends all emphasize this notion and seek to give visibility to the Portuguese identity in the international spectrum.
Joana Vasconcelos Exhibits 35-Metres Long Lustrous White Valkyrie in Paris
The renowned Portuguese visual artist, Joana Vasconcelos returns to the spotlight after launching a massive new work of art: a 35 metres long white Valkyrie in lustrous tones. Vasconcelos exhibited this iconic piece in an artistic installation at the historic warehouses of Le Bon Marché in Paris, whose interiors are styled in Art Deco. Entitled Simone, this new piece took two years to be completely built and required the help of 60 individuals, from seamstresses to architects. It highlights a massive structure of steel and iron and it is fully coated in different Portuguese fabrics and its veins are made from LED lights that present a singular visual effect in tones of blue and purple.
Discover the Outstanding Interiors of The House of Sandeman
With two centuries of history, The House of Sandeman Hostel & Suites is regarded as the world’s very first Branded Hostel and it celebrates one of the greatest Port Wine brands in the world. This architectural gem was one of the major highlights of the outstanding design contest, Covet International Awards, and although it didn’t take home the final prize, it gathered the attention of a highly interested global audience. Catarina Barbosa Cabral created the majestic interiors that are best described as irreverent and comfortable with sophisticated details in a mix of modern and traditional pieces.
Once Upon a Time: A Limited-Edition Masterpiece by Boca do Lobo and Vista Alegre
In a remarkable effort to offer a new perspective to craftsmanship and design, Boca do Lobo and Vista Alegre joined forces to revamp an iconic piece from the former, the Pixel cabinet, giving it a new name, Once Upon a Time. Fully coated with porcelain, this exclusive design is comprised of 1090 triangles with each individually painted that tell a story that blossoms harmoniously in every detail. This bar cabinet becomes an authentic work of art and has a romantic and lyrical charisma with a striking identity, an explosion of polychrome, which dilutes in the depth of a cobalt blue of Vista Alegre’s unmistakable “blue of great fire”.
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