"I’m Ana Anahory, I'm an architect and in 2011, with Felipa Almeida we founded the AnahoryAlmeida studio. During 9 years we designed several interior architecture projects in hospitality, including restaurants for Chef José Avillez and the hotel São Lourenço do Barrocal. In each project, we created furniture and collaborated with artisans in pieces that delivered a sense of place. I believe a project should respond to the client's ambitions for the creation of a concept based on natural and local materials. Through subtle and neutral colours, the final result must be comfortable, functional, and timeless. A project cannot be done alone, it needs applied craftsmanship to be complete and cohesive."
"My name is Felipa Almeida, curator and interior designer with a focus of research in Portuguese Arts & Crafts. Together with Ana Anahory we created the interiors of São Lourenço Barrocal. Our main approach was to research the rich and colourful world of the Alentejo crafts to collaborate with makers from the region. The history of the family owners and the agricultural past of the estate were the main inspiration for most of the decorative pieces we produced specifically for this project."
"I'm an architect, artist, and designer. I write letters in my typewriter and collect second-hand objects that I find in flea markets, old shops, and abandoned houses. I collect diaries of people I never met, porcelain birds, vintage chairs, drawers, and lamps. I like to stroll through the streets of Lisbon’s downtown district, I love the smell of bakeries, I love old hair salons and carpentry shops. I love to sit at the counters of typical downtown bars and hear the stories that the older people have to share."
"Pedro Guimarães is an artist, freelance photographer, and fine-art printer living and working in Lisbon, Portugal. He is also co-founder of XYZ Books. Since 2000, he has been developing his own research and practice in the field of photography. As a freelance photographer, he has also been contributing to some of the leading magazines, and newspapers."
"My name is Henriette Arcelin, I’m an illustrator and ceramist. My collaboration with São Lourenço do Barrocal consists of a series of illustrations drawn over ancient manuscripts found on the property. The charming Fauna and Flora from the Alentejo are the subject, the drawings' delicacy merging with the fragility and the nuances of the supports, which date back to the nineteenth century. I like to lose myself in the details, of a leaf or a wing, to grasp its essence, the subtleties that can only be realized if we devote time to contemplate them. The natural element is equal to this paper, each fold and mark corresponding to a peculiarity of its own history and its own path through the ages. I’m always mesmerized by the grace and joy of nature, it’s a source of inspiration without limits to my work."
"I’m Sofia Morais, I’m an illustrator and graphic designer and I live and work in Lisbon. In my collaboration with São Lourenço do Barrocal I have been led by paths and engaged in projects of great simplicity and delicacy; in search of a drawing more close to nature inspired by the richness of the local fauna and flora and also by the historical wealthiness of the places that inhabit that space. In this partnership, I’ve discovered other aspects of myself, different from the one I generally use and develop in my work as an illustrator and printmaker, where I take a more introspective approach focused on a world full of discrepancies."
"Hi, I'm Manuel Calado, historian and archaeologist. I was a university professor at several Faculties in Lisbon and Setúbal and at the State University of Amapá. I am a researcher in the area of Archaeology and Ethnoarchaeology, with published works on the Megalithic Culture of the Central Alentejo. I was in charge of the survey of the archaeological heritage of Herdade do Barrocal, identifying its dolmens, menhir, Roman dam and ancient ovens; I was also responsible for re-erecting the Barrocal Menhir, which was overturned. Barrocal is a project that resonates with me, and an example in the preservation and incorporation of a unique heritage in a contemporary touristic context."
"MARGARIDA FABRICA is a Portuguese brand of ceramics, created by the designer Margarida M. Fernandes in 2010. Margarida's work has been inspired, most of the time, in the kitchen atmosphere and in all that is relative to this basic need of life - food and cooking. The interest in collecting objects from the past has influenced and enriched her craft production."
"I was trained as a cabinet maker and woodcarver at IAO, FRESS, Lisboa. I use the 17th-century cabinetmaking techniques of construction applied to my designs and pieces with the aim that they will last generations. All my pieces are finished with the use of a hand plane, no sandpaper is used. The strokes of the hand plane as well as the smooth and special shine it gives to the wood will always be noticeable in the surface’s reflection of light. The expression of the handwork. Knots and cracks are normally assumed as natural characteristics of wood. All the pieces look for being ergonomic and comfortable. Only European wood is used as a sustainable and ecological principle."
"There was an old idea of developing a contemporary tableware from the traditional shapes of Portuguese pottery. The opportunity came with the proposal from studio AnahoryAlmeida and to fulfill the requirements regarding the crockery used by the hospitality and catering services, we decided to replace the original red clay with fine stoneware. The use of lighter clays allowed to explore the colour and transparency of the glaze so as to highlight the marks of the potter's work. Each piece was made from scratch on the potter's wheel and, as what happens with them, every single one is unique by way of the marks and scratches left by the potter’s hands. The pieces were made by potter João Coelho, whose pottery is located in Moitalina, a locality rich in clay and with a strong tradition in pottery and were finished in the Amasso factory, in Aljubarrota."
"Hi, we are Fabricaal, which stands for Fábrica Alentejana de Lanificios, the oldest manual weaving workshop in Europe. We weave rugs and blankets in merino wool, and our patterns exist for more than 100 years. We use the same ancestral techniques and try to keep alive the art and the tradition of the worldwide known Manta de Reguengos. Visit our shop in Monsaraz or book a visit to our workshop in Reguengos de Monsaraz."
"We are a Portuguese label of menswear inspired by the classic staples in a gentleman’s wardrobe. Our work is the result of a deep research process around traditional clothing and production techniques. The re-interpretation of time-honored designs gives the tone to the collections and the Atlantic mood underlines it."
"We are a Portuguese company with a dynamic and innovative approach to our national heritage. We have revived the production of one of the most traditional wool products of the Serra da Estrela, the burel, in one of the last wool factories in Manteigas, and are now using it to create products that bring together exciting new concepts and innovative design.
We believe in re-creating the past, making it present, that it might be forever now."
"My name is Manuela Marques from Bulhão Pottery, the most artisanal pottery of São Pedro do Corval, the only one working with wheels that are entirely moved by the hands and feet, with a tourist animator in the area of ceramics in the municipality of Reguengos de Monsaraz, the oldest master potter working in the art, carrying out three types of workshops: potter's wheel, ceramic painting and tiles."
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"Hello, I'm Luis, I'm a local historian and I'm living here for the last 10 years. This is one of the last authentic regions in Europe. Here traditions have been passed from generation to generation for millennia. I challenge you to visit white-painted villages, stroll along paths walked by Romans and Islamic, or sample regional products made the old way. We will build memories by sharing my personal experience with humour and secrets that only locals know about. When you choose my activities you are also funding my studies, thank you."
"I'm Nuno Guégués, owner of Portugal Birds & Trails, and one of my purposes is to transmit a perspective of the best things we can find in the region, from the landscape to nature and to the relations of the regional communities with them along the time. Our activities aspire to be an experience in (re)discovering the region."
"Hello, my name is Duarte Cebola, and I'm the manager of Cebolafishing - Nautical Activities. I'm a Fishing Guide in the Great Lake of Alqueva, chosen by me and by many fishermen from all over the world, as the best lake for the practice of sport fishing for black bass, zander, and pike. It has beautiful landscapes and indescribable tranquility."
"Dark Sky® Alqueva is the first Starlight Tourism Destination in the world and the first to be a cross-border Starlight Tourism Destination, covering an area of 9.700 sq km around the Alqueva Lake. Dark Sky® Alqueva, along with the certified quality of the sky, offers a diversity of daytime and night-time activities, working hard to protect this natural and world heritage - our night sky full of stars. The Official Dark Sky® Alqueva Observatory, in Cumeada, is equipped with cutting-edge telescopes that provide a unique visual experience, from observing the planets to looking at the craters on the moon, moving on to the deeper sky with a cosmic journey among the nebulae, the galaxies, and the stars clusters which rise above us in one of the finest skies in the world."
"I’m Ricardo Bravo, photographer and filmmaker. I’ve already spent more time looking at and producing images of the ocean, than doing anything else. My days are organised according to the ebb and flow of the tides, the wind direction, the size of the waves and light angle. As opposed to the continually and uniquely changing lines of the sea, that keep me distracted from everything, it is in architecture and interior photography that I find order and balance. At São Lourenço do Barrocal, far from the sea but so close to an idea of perfection, I feel privileged to work in the only place I know where I can film and photograph, confident that the concept “angles to avoid” makes no sense."
"Hello, our names are Sara Esteves and Cláudia Alemão, two women, proudly Portuguese, in a quest for long-lasting traditions, mixing their worlds and creating a new one: hibridae. Together we created a line of exclusive beautiful linens for Barrocal, inspired by the flowers and other plants which can be found on the estate. All pieces use natural linen, have hand-finished hems, and showcase organic patterns done with handprinted illustrations of local flora."
"Creating and building fabrics and other textile objects has always been my craft and passion. Threads are lines of strength, life to me. A continuous connection between the pulse of the world and mine, inner and restless. Weaving them is a gesture that orders chaos and connects everything."