Portuguese Craftsmanship at Its Best During Homo Faber

Homo Faber‘s first edition has already started and it has been a huge success. This incredible design event, held in Venice from the 14th of September to the 30th, is truly a celebration of craftsmanship. Showcasing the best examples of arts & crafts, Homo Faber aims to prove the importance of keeping some ancient arts alive and Portugal happens to be there showcasing plenty of stunning pieces of art through major exclusive brands and artists.

Portuguese Craftsmanship at Its Best During Homo Faber

Boca do Lobo chose to present one of the most typical and ancient arts from Portugal: filigree, a jewelry technique used to solder tiny beads and twisted threads.

Filigree is the most delicate technique used to work precious metals, usually of gold and silver. It is an age old and detailed jewelry expression in which skilled artisans painstakingly solder tiny beads and twisted threads to create striking artistic motifs, suggesting often an exquisite and intricate lace-like patterns.

Boca do Lobo showcased one of its most iconic pieces, the Filigree Mirror, completely hand crafted, with each brass cord fitted with precision, an ode to the portuguese culture.

Other portuguese arts deserve our attention such as Azulejo, an incredibly detailed technique of hand painting tiles. Usually it is used as a form of expression and decoration filling up the walls with stories and beautiful paintings. Boca do Lobo uses this technique on the Heritage Series, a family of furniture that includes stunning pieces for a wide range of house divisions and styles.

Hand-painted-tiles have gained a privileged place in architecture throughout the centuries. Portugal has adopted them like no other country has. The Heritage Series presents a different number of layers, where each one tells a different story. A sideboard lined with hand painted tiles, for example, where in its interior there is one door and four drawers fully lined with gold leaf. Even though this piece was not showcased at the Homo Faber event, its technique is well known worldwide being one of the best sellers of Boca do Lobo.

Portugal is indeed a country full of history when it comes to the arts and crafts alongside various fields, such as furniture, decor, architecture, painting, and music. one must of course pay attention and respect these arts.

Leaf gilding, for example, is the art of applying delicate gold leaves to a polished surface, creating a golden layer of mysticism and luxury. The gold leaf is available in a wide variety of karats and shades and different techniques can be chosen.

Created by a hand-picked team of world-class designers, curators and architects, the exhibition stretches over a number of magnificent spaces throughout the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, an international cultural centre which lays claim to most of the island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice.

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