The Design & Craftsmanship Foundation at Homo Faber 2018

The Design & Craftsmanship Foundation, the most recent Portuguese institution to honour and promote the excellence of craftsmanship, is proud to announce the participation at the Homo Faber event, the first major cultural exhibition dedicated to European craftsmanship, organized by Michelangelo Foundation, a Swiss-based entity, next 14-30 September in Venice, at Fondazione Giorgio Cini.

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Two curated pieces will be representing the best of the country’s legacy: the filigree delicate jewelry technique with the Filigree mirror and the renowned hand-painted tiles, called “azulejos”, with the contemporary piece Heritage sideboard. Both pieces, from the Limited Collection by Boca do Lobo, will be exhibited at the space Best of European Craftsmanship, at Sala degli Arazzi, where visitors would be able to wander through exquisite objects specifically sourced for the event and observe the skill of master artisans in real time and at close quarters.

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See also: Presenting Homo Faber, a Unique Craftsmanship Event in Venice

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PIECE: FILIGREE Mirror by Boca do Lobo

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The Filigree Mirror resorts to one of the oldest jewelry making techniques known. Completely handcrafted, with each brass cord fitted with precision, the Filigree Mirror flourishes in a shape traditional to Portuguese culture and art. A true work of art, this luxurious mirror plays tribute to Boca do Lobo’s core values heritage and craftsmanship. The Filigree mirror’s structure is made from brass cords, gilded in 18k gold. It features a brass sheet which is hand hammered to achieve its concave shape.


A jewelry technique used to solder tiny beads and twisted threads. Filigree is the most delicate technique used to work precious metals, usually of gold and silver. It is an age-old and detailed jewelry expression in which skilled artisans painstakingly solder tiny beads and twisted threads to create striking artistic motifs, suggesting often an exquisite and intricate lace-like pattern.


Rui is a natural-born artisan, proving 16 Years of jewelry design making, today mastering several jewelry techniques, predominantly the delicate filigree. Trained in the North of Portugal, his art represents a fine narrative in a new generation of artists. The quest of expressing a personal artistic path, as well as to honor its country history and traditions. Rui emphasizes it’s creative expression and design has the most essential to lead to Fine Art. An artisan driving high value to its jewelry concepts, perceived has equivalent to the preciousness of its materials.


PIECE: HERITAGE Sideboard by Boca do Lobo

Hand-painted-tiles have gained a privileged place in architecture throughout the centuries. Portugal has adopted them like no other country has and in order to honor the Portuguese hand-painted tiles, Boca do Lobo created Heritage Sideboard. This piece presents a different number of layers, where each one tells a different story.  A sideboard lined with hand-painted tiles. In its interior, there is one door and four drawers fully lined with gold leaf. Contains two shelves made in bronze glass.

ART & CRAFT: AZULEJARIA – Hand Painted Tiles

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Being one of the most representative art forms of the Portuguese culture, the hand-painted tiles reflect a tradition with hundreds of years, and it often portrays scenes from our history or its fabulous sights. The majority of tiles are decorated with glazed colorful designs showing Moorish motifs which have curvilinear, lacelike and looping designs, or even have geometric or floral schemes.


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Painter of tiles since 1985, he was trained in the section of panels of the renowned Ceramics House Aleluia, in Aveiro, Portugal. He is considered today one of the most highly specialized painter, having reached the leading position until its departure in 1996. At that time, it decided to create its own atelier, maintaining the quality standards of the traditional Portuguese tile, innovating and creating new aesthetic concepts.

See also: Luxury Furniture Behind The Scenes: Hand Painted Tiles Technique