Every day we have more and more details for you of the Luxury Design & Craftsmanship Summit that will happen this June 26th and 27th, and today we have a special one for you. Today you will get to know the Master Artisans, the ones that build and transform luxury design with their hands!
Mr. Vitor Querido
Fascinated by wood, he is now a celebrated master artisan in the Portuguese marquetry art. He started to work as a woodcarver when he was 16 years old. At the age of 18, he decided to dedicate himself to marquetry due to the beautiful ornaments he could create freely and by coloring, by himself wood veneers into unique hues. Today, he challenges a new narrative of marquetry at CULTURE Creative Hub, proudly supported by Covet Foundation.
Presenting the art of Wood Marquetry, the process of applying thin wood pieces to a structure to form decorative patterns, designs or even pictures. The wood veneers are drawn, cut, colored and burnt, and placed using different cutting tools, glue, and temperatures.
Mr. Fernando Abreu
Mr. Fernando Abreu is a goldsmith with more than 40 years mastering metal work, which creates objets d’art that straddle the line between the fine and decorative arts. Currently, he challenges the narrative of a goldsmith at Preggo company at Covet Group.
Mr. Abreu will be presenting the Chiseling technique the Luxury Design & Craftsmanship Summit, an ancient technique which allows the sculpture of a metal sheet which can be silver, gold, brass or copper. With the chisel’s help, decorative motifs are transferred to the metal sheet forming volumes, reliefs, and finest textures.
Mr. Júlio Campos Leal
Júlio Campos Leal, born on 18 January 1963, is a wood carver and sculptor from Meixomil, Paços de Ferreira, known as Portugal’s capital of furniture. Wood carving is his chosen art since he was 14 years old. In 1989, 10 years ago, he began his collaboration with designers and furniture creators. Since then, he brings to life high-quality luxury design pieces which are applied to contemporary design.
Mr. José Cunha
The Portuguese master artisan Mr. José Cunha started working as a cabinetmaker when he was 13 years old, later, he specialized himself in the art of wood carving. He’s also truly dedicated to inlaid wood art, one of his multiple passions. Mr. Cunha still works as a wood carver nowadays, collaborating with other master artisans and designers at Project CULTURE’s workshops, supported by Covet Foundation.
Presenting the Inlaid Wood, an ancient decorative technique used in ancient Egypt, it’s main features are the overlay of geographic elements or figures over a wooden base, that can be composed of marble, metals, pearl and other noble materials, made in a thin layer over the wood.
Vítor Agostinho is a designer with considerable experience in the ceramics industry. Most recently he guides his work to a more personalized and self-produce development, has a result of his master’s investigation regarding ceramics. The knowledge of these two dimensions, mass production, and self-production, has allowed him the unique chance of developing new methods of shaping ceramics.
Ceramics is a product characterized by the form and resulting from the cold molding of a clay inorganic matter subsequently hardened by heat. They come to life by the action of water and human hands in moldable plastic plates, which solidified by drying and hardening by baking. The methods of manipulation and cooking vary from different ceramic products with uses or history with unique shapes.
Diogo is a young jeweler, with an atelier in the city of Porto where he currently resides. Diogo has a postgraduate degree in “Jewellery Design”, obtained in 2009, and a Masters in Product Design with an emphasis on Jewellery Design, obtained by the School of Arts and Design of Matosinhos. Since 2011 he has participated in international exhibitions such as “NY Design Week”, “Rio + Design 2013” or “Rio + Design Milan 2014” as a new talent.
Olga Santa Bárbara
Olga Santa Bárbara is a master artisan in restoration and conservation and owner of Oficinas Santa Bárbara workshops established, in 1999, in Matosinhos, to support the Conservation and Restoration of Art’s in the Northern Region of Portugal. It is an especially rigorous institution, which trains experts and talented master artisans, dedicated to hand painting and restoration.
The company works with gilded and polychrome wood carving pieces, paintings over canvas and wood, sculpture, wall, and ceiling covering. Their talent is being used in the restoration of many of the most important monuments. These workshops rescued a special yet sometimes forgotten legacy, so it will keep on being passed to future generations.
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