"We are Ana and Felipa Almeida and together we opened in 2011 an architecture, interior and furniture design studio based in Lisbon. We like to initiate our projects with a multidisciplinary research to then think and draw projects with every detail possible. We enjoy inviting artists, designers, and artisans to collaborate with us. We work essentially with wood, brass, marble and ceramics. We want to create cozy atmospheres, genuine, cheerful and personalized. We are inspired by tradition but do our best to stay in the present and make the most of what our culture has to offer."
" 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 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."
"We are Ruth and Sérgio and basically we rescue and restore vintage furniture. Many of the pieces that come to our workshop had a long life and most of them their share of neglect. Every vintage decorative piece that we have for sale has been lovingly restored and thus prevented from being deposited in a landfill.
Our goal is to be as environmentally friendly as possible. The inks we use in the furniture are low in VOCs and non-toxic. We pride ourselves on using milk and chalk based paints, which are perfect for vintage furniture. "
"I'm Margarida M. Fernandes, a Portuguese ceramist currently living and working in Lisbon. My work is inspired, most of the time, in the kitchen atmosphere and in all that in some way is related to this basic need of life - food and cooking.
The interest in collecting, here and there, objects from the past, I took from my grandmother, and that has influenced and enriched my 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, where the glaze, color and all the preliminary tests had already been previously developed."
"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."