Design | May 30, 2018
All About The Luxury Design and Craftsmanship Summit 2018!
All About The Luxury Design and Craftsmanship Summit 2018!

Grab your bags, we’re going travelling!

Organized by the nonetheless Covet Group, the Luxury Design and Craftsmanship Summit 2018 is going to happen in one of the most visited cities in Europe – Oporto. A personal favourite of ours, the city is going to welcome the summit from the 20th to the 21st of June 2018!


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With a set of curated guests, the luxury design summit will bring together some of the most creative minds in the luxury design world. Expect designers, makers, brands to make a welcoming environment to talk about how craftsmanship and the ancient arts combine together in the new era of design and luxury.

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So, all of the details shall we? The event will be at Pavilhão Multiusos de Gondomar, designed by the Pritzker Winners, Architect Álvaro Siza Vieira and it will count with a live showcase of the master artisans of azulejo – tile-, wood and the ancient crafts that the summit is going to present. Why Gondomar though? Known in Portugal for its love and devotion to the craftsmanship, the city is mostly known for its incredible jewellery industry that is handmade in filigree.

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About the days: The first one will be closed by the cities Mayor with a Port of Honor, and it will showcase real case studies that translate the meaning of the handmade products. On the second day, two panels will be presented: “Design as a Driving force for Local Craftsmanship”, a closer look into the rise of the Designer-Maker, a journey from the past towards a new cultural progress to promote creativity and innovation, while respecting traditions and safeguarding heritage. The closing panel will be “Luxury Branding: The Behind the Scenes Story” and it will debate the connexion between the heritage techniques and its usage for the most recent marketing campaigns of leading luxury business brands.

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About the speakers: Michaelangelo Foundation, an international non-profit entity that celebrates and preserves master craftsmanship and strengthens its connection to the world of design; Fundação Ricardo Espírito Santo Silva, a foundation created with the objective of protecting and disseminating the Portuguese Decorative Arts and the handicrafts related to them; Luís Onofre, designer of luxury shoes and accessories and President of APICCAPS; Vista Alegre, the oldest porcelain factory in the Iberian Peninsula; Topázio, a Portuguese company with more than 140 years of history, expert in the creation and production of unique designed hand-carved silver; Boca do Lobo, Portuguese brand of furniture-art design recognized for its unique and innovative design always hand-worked.

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The event will be organized in association with Thinkers & Makers Foundation, whose goal is to transmit to the world the celebration and honour the craftsmanship and every single person who create soulful pieces from scratch.

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According to the organization, “A unique new Summit dedicated to exploring the increasingly crucial nexus between luxury and craftsmanship as essential components to inject a new verve into the design world.”For a more detailed conference program and more specific information about this event, please visit the official website at http://designandcraftsmanship.com


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