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The wonderful Fine Portuguese Craftsmanship was extraordinarily represented at Doppia Firma, an innovative project by Michelangelo Foundation and Fondazione Cologni in which creative designers and talented master artisans joint forces and collaborated to create breathtaking masterpieces.
Here we present to you the art pieces born from this project that took our breath away with their exquisite design and craftsmanship:
Ricardo Alegria (Vista Alegre) and Sam Baron
To craft this mesmerizing piece, Ricardo had to join mould-formed elements, such as the boar’s head, with handmade ones, like the flowers or the bird. The painting phase, always done by hand, was particularly intricate, since it had to be delicate enough to express the idea of poetry and magic that the designer wished to convey.
Like a moment frozen in time forever, something born out of a fairytale, a singing bird hides among the leaves and the flowers that form a crown, which decorates the head of a smiling wild boar. “All the actors involved in the creation of a piece like this should be fascinated by the concept and the story. In this way they can go beyond their own abilities and allow the magic to happen”, explained Sam Baron. “Dialogue can help us defeat any technical difficulty”.
José Vieira and Christian Haas
Following the footsteps of his ancestors but adding a contemporary twist to his pathway, José developed a more modern production of goods for daily use, with a focus on shape and functionality. The project developed with designer Christian Haas went in this route. The three tables called “Pleat”, all in polished brass demanded exceptional mastery of bending and welding.
“It is always interesting to design in new material and to discover new ways of solving production problems: in our case, being introduced to the techniques of tinsmithing”, he said. “Detail and structural issues that could not be solved on paper but needed the expertise of a craftsman specialized in his field”.
Fundação Ricardo do Espírito Santo Silva and Emmanuel Babled
“Beverly” was born out of the alliance between French designer Emmanuel Babled, who works and lives in Lisbon for several months a year, and the Portuguese Fundação Ricardo do Espírito Santo Silva (FRESS), which, since 1953, has been protecting and nurturing Portuguese decorative arts. Conceived as a chest that presents a beautiful surface but hides a few mysteries, “Beverly” has no front or back, no visible openings or handles, no planed surfaces: it invites you to explore and discover its true shape.
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