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1ST EDITION | GONDOMAR – PORTO


The brightest influencers and decision makers have been discussing the value of craftsmanship to design
and luxury industry through different panel sessions.

The brightest influencers and decision makers have been discussing the value of craftsmanship to design and luxury industry through different panel sessions.

Amândio Pereira

Covet Foundation for Design & Craftsmanship

Founder & CEO of Covet Group, an international creative company that holds and manages 11 luxury design brands, he started the journey in the design world in 2005 when he founded the renowned Boca do Lobo.

Deeply connected with the Portuguese legacy of fine craftsmanship, he soon started to draw attention for its statement and edgy furniture and lighting collection’ brands after he finished his degree in
Product Design by Politecnico di Milano.

Injecting considerable verve into a previously conservative industry in Portugal, Amândio revealed strong leadership and entrepreneurship managing nowadays a corporation with 40 distinct businesses with more
than 500 employees.

Due to his motto in life to inspire the world through Design and Craftsmanship, in 2018 he established the Covet Foundation. A non-profit institution which works as a tribute to Arts & Crafts, along as promoting a valuable environment across industries, where skilled artisans are encouraged and treasured worldwide.

Joana Astolfi

Astolfi Studio

Joana Astolfi (b. Lisbon, 1975) is an artist, architect and designer who draws visual inspiration from a broad universe of found objects. Porcelain statuettes, miniatures, vintage chairs, lamps, toys, diaries and photographs of people she never met populate and shape her creative vision. Her artworks, installations and window displays are inspired by imperfections,
mistakes and the irrepressibility of humor.

A keen sense of history also characterizes her interior design and architectural work for commercial and private clients. Distinctive surfaces, fixtures, details, textures and patinas bring depth and complexity to clean, simple lines and illuminated open spaces, always with an eye toward the history and memory of the place. Astolfi sees objects and spaces as experiences, caught in time, but also capable of transcending and bridging time – and she leads her audiences on this fantastic journey.

Astolfi has lived and worked in London, Munich, Venice and Los Angeles, returning to Lisbon in 2007 to set up Studio Astolfi. Starting from Joana’s creative vision, Studio Astolfi is a team of artists, artisans, sculptors, designers, architects, and technicians who specialize in telling stories, evoking memories, and
captivating the curiosity of our audiences.

Astolfi’s work has been exhibited in various countries and acquired by several collectors. She is Portugal’s window designer for Hermès since 2014 and invited
artist window designer worldwide.

Jacques Bec

Oitoemponto

Oitoemponto* emerged in 1993 from the perfect alchemy between two strikingly different but terribly complementary personalities. It is
almost the ideal success story.

With Artur Miranda’s experience of the world of fashion and design, he set himself apart by his decidedly modern vision of decoration, a clearly marked desire to break with the established codes and dare the most unexpected combinations, while at the same time fostering and developing an innate sense of colour. Jacques Bec brings to the duo a refreshing enthusiasm and the French touch, as well as the precious know-how acquired during his studies at the Met de Penninghen
graphic arts school in Paris.

Together, the two designers create sublime décors for dozens of lucky people. Each production is the fruit of long hours of coordination during which the lifestyle of the client is examined in minute detail in order to create an optimum match for their needs and wishes.

The result is a subtle mixture of the owners’ tastes and the incomparable talent of Jacques Bec and Artur Miranda. Unique places, at once refined and convenient to live in, bright and discreet, modern and timeless…

A delicately joyous and chic atmosphere,
just like the two designers.

*Oitoemponto means “eight o’clock precisely” in Portuguese.

Artur Miranda

Oitoemponto

Oitoemponto* emerged in 1993 from the perfect alchemy between two strikingly different but terribly complementary personalities. It is
almost the ideal success story.

With Artur Miranda’s experience of the world of fashion and design, he set himself apart by his decidedly modern vision of decoration, a clearly marked desire to break with the established codes and dare the most unexpected combinations, while at the same time fostering and developing an innate sense of colour. Jacques Bec brings to the duo a refreshing enthusiasm and the French touch, as well as the precious know-how acquired during his studies at the Met de Penninghen
graphic arts school in Paris.

Together, the two designers create sublime décors for dozens of lucky people. Each production is the fruit of long hours of coordination during which the lifestyle of the client is examined in minute detail in order to create an optimum match for their needs and wishes.

The result is a subtle mixture of the owners’ tastes and the incomparable talent of Jacques Bec and Artur Miranda. Unique places, at once refined and convenient to live in, bright and discreet, modern and timeless…

A delicately joyous and chic atmosphere,
just like the two designers.

*Oitoemponto means “eight o’clock precisely” in Portuguese.

NICOLE SEGUNDO

Network Developer for Portugal, Michelangelo Foundation

A graduate from London School of Economics (Msc in Media and Communication), Bath University (BA in European Studies with French and Italian) and regular participant in IMD’s programs on Digital technologies.

Nicole Segundo built a solid experience in craftsmanship in the high-end Swiss watchmaking industry having worked for brands Greubel Forsey, Girard-Perregaux, Parmigiani Fleurier, Corum and Hublot in senior management, communication, sales and marketing positions in Switzerland, Australia and South East Asia.

A citizen of the world with Portuguese, South African and Swiss nationalities, Nicole has lived in several countries across 4 continents and maintains an international network of manufacturers, retailers, distributors, press and final customers enthusiastic for unique crafted objects. FirstSecond was born in 2016 from a passion for fine craftsmanship and a will to enable independent brands with strong craftsmanship further develop their business. Nicole is acting as an extended arm of the Michelangelo Foundation to pursue their mission in Portugal.

FÁTIMA SANTOS

General Secretary, AORP Associação de Ourivesaria e Relojoaria Portuguesa

AORP - Portuguese Jewellery and Watchmaking Association is a national association of companies that represents the sector of goldsmithing and watchmaking, covering its various areas of activity: industry, retail, wholesale and other related activities. At the same time, AORP is committed to contribute to the national and international promotion of Portuguese jewellery and watchmaking through the development of joint actions in the markets considered strategic for the internationalization of the sector.

LUÍS ONOFRE

CEO & Designer, Luís Onofre

Luís Onofre was born in Oliveira de Azeméis in the early 70s. He studied at the Soares dos Reis School in Porto and concluded in 1993 the course of Footwear Styling at the Center for Professional Training of the Footwear Industry.

In 1993 he joined the family company, Conceição Rosa Pereira, created in the late 1930's. Luís Onofre has professionally grown to work for leading international brands such as Cacharel, Daniel Hechter, and Kenzo. In 1999, it started the own brand project.

From the outset, the process of affirmation on an international scale began (external markets currently absorb 97% of Luís Onofre production), participating in the main international forums of the specialty.

Today the brand Luís Onofre is distributed practically all over the world, reaching the five continents. In Italy, it would receive some of its main distinctions, such as the Prestige Collection Prize, awarded in Milan, at MICAM, the largest and most prestigious footwear fair in the world.

Since 2006, she has been a regular presence at Portugal Fashion. It opened, in early 2014, its first flagship store in Portugal, choosing as its location the mythical and luxurious Av. Da Liberdade in Lisbon.

ANTÓNIO MOURA

Business Developer

Businessman, Bachelor of Management, 3 daughters, marathon runner. Resident in Lisbon, parents born in Gondomar. A Distributor to Portugal of several international luxury brands - Jewelry and Watches for a lifetime.In the beginning Omega, later Miele kitchens and Benetton stores and in the last 20 years Chaumet, H. Stern, Dior Joaillerie, Mikimoto, H. Stern and others. He is currently a consultant for national luxury brands.

Along with his wife both are developing their own brand of items 100% handmade in Portugal - Fernanda Lamelas Arts.

It has witnessed the evolution of the International Luxury market in the last 40 years and believes that the focus of Portugal must be on the know-how to add value, and take advantage of the artisan knowledge that still exists in the population.

TONI GRILO

Product Designer

Born in France, designer Toni Grilo was early influenced by the classical Baroque-Rococò architectures of his hometown Nancy and by the wide skies of Castelnaudary, where he was raised.

As a designer and creative director with a Franco-Portuguese heritage, so much of this blend of cultures can be seen in his fruitful creations. A graduate of the prestigious Ecole Boulle in Paris in 2001, Toni Grilo immediately left for Lisbon to reconnect with his roots.

At the edge of the European Peninsula, he re-discovered a country rich in industrial and artisanal heritage and with centuries of know-how in traditional craftsmanship techniques.

After years of travelling and various artistic collaborations, he decided to settle in Portugal. In 2005 he founded his first design agency “Objection” with the designer Elder Monteiro, specialised in set design.

In 2008 Toni Grilo Design Studio opened in Porto he could already count in his portfolio numerous projects in industrial design, furniture and scenography for major luxury brands worldwide.

ALDA TOMÁS

Designer, Vista Alegre

Alda Tomás graduated in Product Design in the School of Fine Arts of Lisbon, Portugal, and attended the parallel course of Piano at the National Conservatory of Lisbon. She began by designing for glass industry in Mglass and Jasmim company, but the porcelain has become her material of choice. She started working for this industry in SPAL, but currently works in Vista Alegre Atlantis company.

Here, she makes the development of new products, coordinates the Internal Design team and since October of 2013 she also coordinates the Vista Alegre IDPool program.

She as been one of the designers chosen to participate in the project Remade in Portugal, which since 2007 has an annual range of products of Eco-Design.

During the visit of the kings of Sweden to Portugal one of these works was selected to be part of the offers from the Portuguese state.

At the Expo Zaragoza 2009, it was also one of the offers given by the Portuguese government to the Spanish government. These eco design works were also exhibited in ExpoShanghai 2010.

For three consecutive years, she developed the trophy for the 7 Portuguese Wonders. In 2009, she was awarded with a Special Mention for her course in SPAL at the National Design Competition, Award Sena da Silva. Her pieces can be found for sale from Europe to the U.S. and Japan.

SERENA CONFALONIERI

Design & Art Director, Serena Confalonieri

An independent designer based in Milano, Serena Confalonieri was born in 1980 and obtained a Master Degree in Interior Design. She started her career working in architecture and design firms in Milano,Barcelona, and Berlin.

Her works on product, graphic and textile projects have been featured in important publications and exhibitions worldwide, earning her prizes such as special mentions at the Young&Design Awards 2014 and at the German Design Awards 2016. Her attention to texture makes her pieces sophisticated and contemporary, with a timeless allure.

FRANCESCA MERCIARI

Artisan, Murano Vennezia

Francesca Merciari begins her artistic career at the Ravenna Academy of Fine Arts, where she distinguishes herself by winning the 2009 award “Premio Tesi” and participating in numerous extra curricular activities and exhibitions both in Italy and abroad.

Her passion for glass art dates back to 2003, when she attends the biennial specialization course at the Vetroricerca Glass & Modern glass school in Bolzano, where she learns and deepens the techniques of glass processing.

Since 2009 she moves to Venice, where she works and graduates in 'Visual Arts and Entertainment' at the IUAV University. Thanks to her heterogeneous formation, which also includes periods of collaboration with some Murano historical glass factories, Francesca has been able to develop profound knowledge in the field of glass,combining technical-practical skills with historical-theoretical knowledge.

Her path combines skills and passion for this subject with continuous research that expresses the relationship between craftsmanship and design, manuality and design, practice and theory. Since 2017 she is part of the Abate Zanetti Glass School teaching staff.

MARCO COSTA

CEO & Head Designer, Boca do Lobo

Marco was born in Aveiro, Portugal. Marco started to show his interest in craftsmanship works in his early years. In 2004, he began his academic journey studying science; an avenue that he soon discovered was not his passion.

Marco Costa graduated from Arts and Design University, at Coimbra, Portugal, in 2009. During his last year of studies, in March, he did an internship at Boca do Lobo Studio and later, he was promoted to Creative Director of the successful design label.

Marco Costa is now ubiquitous, designing for the Portuguese exclusive design brand. Additionally, Marco Costa works on architectural and interior design projects, as private residences in Oporto, Lisbon and Algarve. He is now a product designer who drew international recognition for his Pixel cabinet, produced by Boca do Lobo Design Studio, in 2010. Boca do Lobo is designed to evoke emotion in its admirers. The sensational collections of furniture pass on uniqueness and exclusivity.

CARLOS SANTOS

Founder & Criative Director of Carlos Santos Shoes

The story of Carlos Santos Shoes begins like many other international fashion giants. Created by Carlos Santos, he grew up with him, fueled by the ambition of a young man who took the first steps in business when he was only 14 years old.

With more than 70 years of history, Carlos Santos Shoes is one of the biggest luxury brands of men's shoes. Made in Portugal, the brand's native country and its founder, Carlos Santos Shoes exports most of its products and is recognized worldwide.

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ARTUR MIRANDA ▼

Oitoemponto

Oitoemponto* emerged in 1993 from the perfect alchemy between two strikingly different but terribly complementary personalities. It is
almost the ideal success story.

With Artur Miranda’s experience of the world of fashion and design, he set himself apart by his decidedly modern vision of decoration, a clearly marked desire to break with the established codes and dare the most unexpected combinations, while at the same time fostering and developing an innate sense of colour. Jacques Bec brings to the duo a refreshing enthusiasm and the French touch, as well as the precious know-how acquired during his studies at the Met de Penninghen
graphic arts school in Paris.

Together, the two designers create sublime décors for dozens of lucky people. Each production is the fruit of long hours of coordination during which the lifestyle of the client is examined in minute detail in order to create an optimum match for their needs and wishes.

The result is a subtle mixture of the owners’ tastes and the incomparable talent of Jacques Bec and Artur Miranda. Unique places, at once refined and convenient to live in, bright and discreet, modern and timeless…

A delicately joyous and chic atmosphere,
just like the two designers.

*Oitoemponto means “eight o’clock precisely” in Portuguese.

JACQUES BEC ▼

Oitoemponto

Oitoemponto* emerged in 1993 from the perfect alchemy between two strikingly different but terribly complementary personalities. It is
almost the ideal success story.

With Artur Miranda’s experience of the world of fashion and design, he set himself apart by his decidedly modern vision of decoration, a clearly marked desire to break with the established codes and dare the most unexpected combinations, while at the same time fostering and developing an innate sense of colour. Jacques Bec brings to the duo a refreshing enthusiasm and the French touch, as well as the precious know-how acquired during his studies at the Met de Penninghen
graphic arts school in Paris.

Together, the two designers create sublime décors for dozens of lucky people. Each production is the fruit of long hours of coordination during which the lifestyle of the client is examined in minute detail in order to create an optimum match for their needs and wishes.

The result is a subtle mixture of the owners’ tastes and the incomparable talent of Jacques Bec and Artur Miranda. Unique places, at once refined and convenient to live in, bright and discreet, modern and timeless…

A delicately joyous and chic atmosphere,
just like the two designers.

*Oitoemponto means “eight o’clock precisely” in Portuguese.

JOANA ASTOLFI ▼

Astolfi Studio

Joana Astolfi (b. Lisbon, 1975) is an artist, architect and designer who draws visual inspiration from a broad universe of found objects. Porcelain statuettes, miniatures, vintage chairs, lamps, toys, diaries and photographs of people she never met populate and shape her creative vision. Her artworks, installations and window displays are inspired by imperfections,
mistakes and the irrepressibility of humor.

A keen sense of history also characterizes her interior design and architectural work for commercial and private clients. Distinctive surfaces, fixtures, details, textures and patinas bring depth and complexity to clean, simple lines and illuminated open spaces, always with an eye toward the history and memory of the place. Astolfi sees objects and spaces as experiences, caught in time, but also capable of transcending and bridging time – and she leads her audiences on this fantastic journey.

Astolfi has lived and worked in London, Munich, Venice and Los Angeles, returning to Lisbon in 2007 to set up Studio Astolfi. Starting from Joana’s creative vision, Studio Astolfi is a team of artists, artisans, sculptors, designers, architects, and technicians who specialize in telling stories, evoking memories, and
captivating the curiosity of our audiences.

Astolfi’s work has been exhibited in various countries and acquired by several collectors. She is Portugal’s window designer for Hermès since 2014 and invited
artist window designer worldwide.

AMÂNDIO PEREIRA ▼

Covet Foundation
for Design & Craftsmanship

Founder & CEO of Covet Group, an international creative company that holds and manages 11 luxury design brands, he started the journey in the design world in 2005 when he founded the renowned Boca do Lobo.

Deeply connected with the Portuguese legacy of fine craftsmanship, he soon started to draw attention for its statement and edgy furniture and lighting collection’ brands after he finished his degree in
Product Design by Politecnico di Milano.

Injecting considerable verve into a previously conservative industry in Portugal, Amândio revealed strong leadership and entrepreneurship managing nowadays a corporation with 40 distinct businesses with more
than 500 employees.

Due to his motto in life to inspire the world through Design and Craftsmanship, in 2018 he established the Covet Foundation. A non-profit institution which works as a tribute to Arts & Crafts, along as promoting a valuable environment across industries, where skilled artisans are encouraged and treasured worldwide.

Oitoemponto* emerged in 1993 from the perfect alchemy between two strikingly different but terribly complementary personalities. It is almost the ideal success story.

With Artur Miranda’s experience of the world of fashion and design, he set himself apart by his decidedly modern vision of decoration, a clearly marked desire to break with the established codes and dare the most unexpected combinations, while at the same time fostering and developing an innate sense of colour. Jacques Bec brings to the duo a refreshing enthusiasm and the French touch, as well as the precious know-how acquired during his studies at the Met de Penninghen graphic arts school in Paris.

Together, the two designers create sublime décors for dozens of lucky people. Each production is the fruit of long hours of coordination during which the lifestyle of the client is examined in minute detail in order to create an optimum match for their needs and wishes.

The result is a subtle mixture of the owners’ tastes and the incomparable talent of Jacques Bec and Artur Miranda. Unique places, at once refined and convenient to live in, bright and discreet, modern and timeless…

A delicately joyous and chic atmosphere, just like the two designers.

*Oitoemponto means “eight o’clock precisely” in Portuguese.

Oitoemponto* emerged in 1993 from the perfect alchemy between two strikingly different but terribly complementary personalities. It is almost the ideal success story.

With Artur Miranda’s experience of the world of fashion and design, he set himself apart by his decidedly modern vision of decoration, a clearly marked desire to break with the established codes and dare the most unexpected combinations, while at the same time fostering and developing an innate sense of colour. Jacques Bec brings to the duo a refreshing enthusiasm and the French touch, as well as the precious know-how acquired during his studies at the Met de Penninghen graphic arts school in Paris.

Together, the two designers create sublime décors for dozens of lucky people. Each production is the fruit of long hours of coordination during which the lifestyle of the client is examined in minute detail in order to create an optimum match for their needs and wishes.

The result is a subtle mixture of the owners’ tastes and the incomparable talent of Jacques Bec and Artur Miranda. Unique places, at once refined and convenient to live in, bright and discreet, modern and timeless…

A delicately joyous and chic atmosphere, just like the two designers.

*Oitoemponto means “eight o’clock precisely” in Portuguese.

Joana Astolfi (b. Lisbon, 1975) is an artist, architect and designer who draws visual inspiration from a broad universe of found objects. Porcelain statuettes, miniatures, vintage chairs, lamps, toys, diaries and photographs of people she never met populate and shape her creative vision. Her artworks, installations and window displays are inspired by imperfections, mistakes and the irrepressibility of humor.

A keen sense of history also characterizes her interior design and architectural work for commercial and private clients. Distinctive surfaces, fixtures, details, textures and patinas bring depth and complexity to clean, simple lines and illuminated open spaces, always with an eye toward the history and memory of the place. Astolfi sees objects and spaces as experiences, caught in time, but also capable of transcending and bridging time – and she leads her audiences on this fantastic journey.

Astolfi has lived and worked in London, Munich, Venice and Los Angeles, returning to Lisbon in 2007 to set up Studio Astolfi. Starting from Joana’s creative vision, Studio Astolfi is a team of artists, artisans, sculptors, designers, architects, and technicians who specialize in telling stories, evoking memories, and captivating the curiosity of our audiences.

Astolfi’s work has been exhibited in various countries and acquired by several collectors. She is Portugal’s window designer for Hermès since 2014 and invited artist window designer worldwide.

Founder & CEO of Covet Group, an international creative company that holds and manages 11 luxury design brands, he started the journey in the design
world in 2005 when he founded the renowned Boca do Lobo.

Deeply connected with the Portuguese legacy of fine craftsmanship, he soon started to draw attention for its statement and edgy furniture and lighting collection’ brands
after he finished his degree in Product Design by Politecnico di Milano.

Injecting considerable verve into a previously conservative industry in Portugal, Amândio revealed strong leadership and entrepreneurship managing
nowadays a corporation with 40 distinct businesses with more than 500 employees.

Due to his motto in life to inspire the world through Design and Craftsmanship, in 2018 he established the Covet Foundation. A non-profit institution which works as a tribute to Arts & Crafts, along as promoting a valuable environment across industries, where skilled artisans are encouraged and treasured worldwide.

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