You know how in some movies they have this dream sequence, when looking back on their achievements? This is probably not it, but at least it’s an overview of small frames that make me proud of what I’ve done with great music on the background… as great as you can choose.
There was a lot on my mind lately, and I must say I wasn’t used to deal with this kind of pressure on my own. Even knowing that I had all my friends supporting me I couldn’t sleep right or think right, because all my focus was on the problems that needed solving. The production of a commissioned piece and the Kaleidoscope, the preparations of an exhibition for the beginning of 2016, a new catalogue, new pieces for a lighting brand ... and more.
Today at the awards of Dress me Up by Jordão, I had the opportunity to meet great persons, see an idea that came to life, I didn’t win but still I was a winner. With “Modern Stucco” I made the top 5, and had the opportunity to see it come to life. I was very happy with the final result, and even more because the final piece was even better looking than the renders.
Há uns tempos atrás fui abordado por três estudantes (Ana Passos; Jessica Costa; Margarida Novais) de Design de Ambientes do IPVC-ESTG para uma entrevista sobre o meu trabalho focando no Chartres com o objectivo de um trabalho para a unidade curricular de Teoria do Design. Após algum tempo de responder a estas perguntas pertinentes achei que seria interessante partilhar a entrevista visto que o resultado final foi bastante satisfatório.
AT – This topic couldn’t be discussed with anyone better than you. Thank you for accepting my invitation dear Paula Tavares. I say this because you were the person that had the greatest influence in turning me into a designer. When I was a child I was divided between different creative fields in which I wanted to work on and if it weren’t for you I wouldn’t be who I am today. You are one of the finest teachers I had, a renowned entity in education, research and especially in Illustration, that’s why you are the perfect person for this topic.
It is an honor to be featured in the book “Design Português | 2000 – 2015″ where João Bartolo selected some products and authors to represent the Portuguese identity of design. In collaboration with the Portuguese newspaper Publico the author covered from graphic to fashion to product. All areas are represented and their social context and evolution explained. A great book to have in your collection if you are a Portuguese Design enthusiast.
This adventure has just begun, but still I’ve had the chance to see some of my creations be presented in Milan during Isaloni 2015. My newest pieces for Wewood, Scaffold and Leiwere and absolute premier, only presented for the first time in Milan. Also Koket had featured some of the pieces I’ve created during my days there.
I haven’t been inside the design business for too long, but this is starting to be a great third year and with more than 35 pieces in the market I’ve had my share of headaches due to them. I will talk lightly about my experience, hoping it will help someone avoid the mistakes I made (but don’t be afraid to make them).
It all started with a research about the handmade stained glass technique. The objective was to increase the work flow of some small companies. I was in love with the effect that these colors made when exposed to light. The amazing feelings these combinations gave me. Our senses are just receptors of information that’re turn into feelings. But there are some feelings that we can’t identify the origin of. With Chartres I wanted to go beyond the five senses and reach a new feeling that despite highly influenced by our visual sense gave us comfort and a new way to see a traditional technique, giving a new feeling to your home.
AT – “I was also always trying to help my students to follow their dreams.” I happened to read this in your “How Quiting My Dream Saved My Life” essay, great story by the way, and I knew right then that I had to have this “creative talk” with you. More than a teacher I consider you as a friend, and if life was slightly different maybe I could have been your co-worker if I hadn’t gone to work in Oporto right after finishing my degree. Do you still remember your invitation?