2020 marks the big anniversary of Boca do Lobo, 15 years of the design brand to be more precise, and today, Inspiration and Ideas decided to go down memory lane and reminisce about the most amazing, 15 exclusive and iconic pieces of the design brand. Think about great fine craftsmanship techniques, owning up to the country’s traditions, and a souring passion for contemporary design and the result is luxury furniture pieces that are utterly astonishing.
For Boca do Lobo‘s 15º Anniversary, the design brand gathered all of its most desired concepts to create the perfect marriage between contemporary design and handcrafted unique pieces into a new concept: A Virtual House.
“It’s a new concept, a new vision, and a new era. The digital age allows now designs lovers to get closer by joining a perfect gathering that embodies the house’s fearless spirit to keep up our spirits at home.”
– Marco Costa, Boca do Lobo’s Creative Director.
But as it’s the tradition at Boca do Lobo, at the same time they have eyes set in the future, the design brand also honors the wonders the past has brought us. To celebrate the 15 years of iconic design, Boca do Lobo has put together a list of 15 furniture designs that perfectly showcase what makes them unique. Take a stroll down memory lane as we unravel all the exquisite details of these creations, and showcase never before revealed information regarding these pieces, provided by the Creative Director, Marco Costa.
THE SOHO SIDEBOARD AND COLECCIONISTA
The similar styles of designs of these pieces are not by chance. Both of these designs were among some of the first creations Boca do Lobo brought into the world. Soho is the name of Boca do Lobo‘s first furniture design collection. The drawers on both creations count different and varied techniques from glass to wood, lacquer color to mirror and gold leaf, finely refined by brass handles.
“It was with the launch of these products that a path was discovered, which gave room to a new way of thinking and design attitude that ends up becoming a language, a soul, a style: the Boca do Lobo style, that mixes techniques and styles of past with contemporary design.”
– Marco Costa
Projected to be the jewel in the crown of the Portuguese brand Boca do Lobo, the Diamond Sideboard is a reflection of the furniture jeweler’s expertise and quintessence, undoubtedly deserving its title. This opulent object, full of resources and desire, has two carefully sculpted doors that reveal a gold lined interior with a shelf and two drawers. But because we never settle, we continued to evolve this creation with the aid our trusting craftsmanship techniques, the Diamond Metamorphosis was born. The finest craftsmanship arises from the perfect marriage between ancient skills and mechanical methods to conceive the real expression of exclusivity and high collectible design.
“Diamond was the first major challenge that mixed the modernist style and resulted in an unlikely combination. It was our intention to create two separate moments: a modern appealing visual confronted with a cultural discomfort due to its lion feet.”
– Marco Costa
When art becomes a sideboard your room acquires an evermore-inspiring atmosphere. The Mondrian sideboard is more art than utilitarian furniture. Undoubtedly, it constitutes a unique and collectible object that is different from anything else and exudes a sense of both experimental design and luxury. The sideboard’s base is composed of mahogany and tempered glass makes the box. It also contains carved drawers finished in high gloss colored lacquer.
“A combination of techniques that result from 18 different suppliers to achieve it. A handle here, a beveled mirror there, manual carving drawers and much more in a set of drawers of this piece that is strangely functional.”
– Marco Costa
Hand-painted-tiles have gained a privileged place in architecture throughout the centuries. Portugal has adopted them like no other country has and to honor the Portuguese hand-painted tiles, Boca do Lobo created Heritage Sideboard. This modern design piece presents a different number of layers, where each one tells a different story. Completely covered with the iconic Portuguese azulejos, the interior of this sideboard is equally stunning, featuring four drawers fully lined with gold leaf.
“It was the first piece made in tiles by Boca do Lobo and the pleasure of exploring the technique was so great. It also resulted in one of the brand’s best sellers and one of the most representative products in Portugal and in Portuguese design.”
– Marco Costa
Iconic and unparalleled, the Pixel Cabinet by Boca do Lobo presents a ground-breaking work of pioneering contemporary design. Made out of 1088 triangles, the upper part of the Pixel Cabinet plays with perception and combines exceptional materials with multicolored compositions to give the cabinet a unique, striking design: handmade leaf gilding triangles, 10 different types of wood leaves from palisander to African walnut veneer, and lacquering. Behind its two doors, this bar cabinet surprises with a timeless combination of aged mirror and a diamond quilted blue silk fabric, containing nine interior drawers, each one with its golden knob. The polished brass base gives Pixel a unique and sophisticated character.
“Special product, made in 2009 by the design studio of Boca do Lobo led by Marco Costa. Symbolizing the change, it was a product that broke the line drawn until then. Today it is one of the most loved pieces, loved by the press, loved by design afficcionatos and one of Boca do Lobo’s best sellers ever.”
– Marco Costa
The Symphony Sideboard draws inspiration from church organ tubes, as well as the curves of a violin. Like all of Boca do Lobo’s designs, the Symphony is hand made by experienced craftsmen, each with different specialities, from metal-work to wood carving. It features a cluster of polished brass tubes envelope an exotic wood structure, creating a harmonious artful juxtaposition to rhythm of the pipes. Through Boca do Lobo’s vision, the Symphony seeks to re-interpret classic elements through contemporary design and cutting-edge technology and has become an emblematic piece within the Limited Edition Collection.
FORTUNA DINING TABLE
Fortuna is a contemporary dining table with one-of-a-kind design aesthetic and refined statement to the most influential minds. Representing the essence of empowerment, sophistication, and mystics, the Fortuna features an exclusive gold brass surface for ground-breaking dining rooms. Made in wood and polished brass, this upscale dining table incorporates richest nature-inspired design, industrious welding techniques and a manually engraved top that emulates the outlines of log rings, reminding the timeline of a tree. Below the expansive 8 seat dining tabletop is an elegant composition of two scaled organic brass tubes.
The Lapiaz family draws inspiration from the patterns created on limestone or dolomite rock due to freezing temperatures. Much like this geological phenomenon, the Lapiaz furniture designs are split in a unique shape, revealing rich and alluring interiors.
Produced using the finest veneers, gold leaf and hand-cut mirrors, the Lapiaz family brings bold character to any interior, yet maintaining a refined and elegant posture.
The mystic behind the name inspires Eden. A slice of the tree of life that fell from the Garden of Heaven, this accent furniture design awakens desire and curiosity with its intriguing cut. Born from master artisans and the ancient technique of polished cast brass, this statement design piece incorporates nature-inspired design with industrious welding techniques. With delicate lines and bold details, a manually engraved top exposes the heart of a golden tree, boasting a sinuous gold plated base that stood the test of time. The remarkable and already time-honored piece combines with both contemporary and modern design styles.
“Due to a great number of custom requests, we had to create The Eden Series which presents various sizes and combinations.”
– Marco Costa
The creativity and rich decoration of the Versailles Palace contributed to the inspiration for the creation of this exuberant furniture design. Boca do Lobo opens the way to freedom and the need for bringing extravagant creations to life. Both the sofa and the armchair are made in a wood structure and feature panels in a manual sculpture, produced in resin and finished with restoration techniques similar to stone.
The Imperfectio Family is the expression of imperfect aesthetic, the appeal of that which is authentic art that is truer to life. These furniture designs praise artisanal work as the ultimate form of art that is quite intentionally imperfect. Through its unique existence and shapes, Imperfectio determines its history. The irregularities and flaws over the manual hammered brass expose the beauty of imperfection. Some parts are roughly asymmetrical at the surface yet comfortable and smooth in a peculiar way to excite a desire for complementing your living room.
“The Imperfectio Family was created in 2017, only a few years ago and it is already one of our best sellers. Its metal technique makes it unique and all pieces are one-of-a-kind.”
– Marco Costa
Newton is an outstanding moment of inspiration. A revolutionary statement piece created to fulfil the needs of those who are looking for the best in contemporary furniture design mixed up with exquisite details and high-quality materials. Defying the laws of physics, the Newton black and gold console has grown from the ancient art of casting metal, where metal is heated until molten into spheres and semi-spheres shape. One by one, each element is joint to produce an outstanding pattern and organic structure, finished in a dramatic black lacquer and gold plated accents. The top of this console table is composed of brass circles carved with a golden texture similar to an organic wood texture. A contemporary console that carries cultural legacy while successfully move towards the future, remaining ahead of the design scene. A real expression of exclusivity and high collectible craftsmanship outcome.
MILLIONAIRE GOLD LUXURY SAFE
Influenced by the California Gold Rush, the Millionaire Safe is a statement piece designed to cause an impression. Built in a Mahogany structure and gold-plated polished brass frame with several dents, it sparks both interest and imagination reminding the vault robbery attempts in the old west. Nestled in a turned brass silver plated gear-wheel mechanism, an imposing safe handle obeys the will of is master through a secret dial lock combination. The overlay door makes room for an open space lined in velvet to keep liquors or other luxury lifestyle items and a set of lockable drawers and door.
Through a passionate explosion of romance and drama, the Venice Mirror stirs emotion in anyone that catches its eye. Hand cut and carved by an experienced artisan who’s passion for glasswork goes back as far as his childhood, the Venice represents Boca do Lobo’s ambition to bring value to true craftsmanship through contemporary design. Inspired by Venetian Mirrors, each piece that composes the Venice was manually and individually beveled and fitted onto a wooden structure.
“It was an almost impossible task to find the right hands to create the Venice Mirror according to what I have envisioned. We did not stop looking for the right artist and after one year and a half, the first Venice was born.”
– Marco Costa
The Filigree Mirror resorts to one of the oldest jewelry making techniques known, filigree. Completely handcrafted, with each brass cord fitted with precision, the Filigree Mirror flourishes in a shape traditional to Portuguese culture and art. A true work of art, this luxurious mirror plays tribute to Boca do Lobo‘s core values heritage and craftsmanship. The Filigree mirror‘s structure is made from brass cords, gilded in 18k gold. It features a brass sheet which is hand-hammered to achieve its concave shape.
“There are only 12 filigree artists in Portugal, so we are very proud to have one of this special and gifetd people on our production team.”
– Marco Costa
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