Luxury Design & Craftsmanship Summit 2018: What You Need to Know

An exciting day for design and the arts is coming, and it will all be happening in less than a month in Porto, Portugal!

Porto is getting ready to host the first Luxury Design & Craftsmanship Summit 2018 from the 20th to the 21st of June! Absolute lovers of design, we are beyond excited that this will actually be happening in our backyard, here in Porto! Today we are sharing with you a little bit of what we already know, such as what you can expect, and who you can expect to see and hear.

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The first edition of this Luxury Design and Craftsmanship Summit promises to bring some of the most exciting names of the industry together to talk about the importance of craftsmanship and what should be the future of the luxury design world. These will be two days packed with emotion and knowledge from those who are amongst some of the best at what they do!

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This design and craftsmanship-dedicated event will be happening in a city where the craftsmanship heritage is still alive and well. If you drive along Porto’s Douro river bank you will find a small city full of charm, Gondomar. And this is where it will all happen! Gondomar is invested to honor the arts and the making of bespoke and unique furniture pieces, so it only made sense that this would be happening there.

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The even will be happening at Pavilhão Multiusos de Gondomar, a building designed by one of Portugal’s most famous and awarded architects, Álvaro Siza Vieira, back in 2007.


One of the most important aspects of this Summit, and one you should be most excited to learn is who you will be able to see and hear during the two days you’ll be here in Porto. Well, for starters, you will have the amazing opportunity to see master artisans of arts such as Portuguese tiles ‘azulejo’, wood and other ancient crafts. It is also a no miss opportunity to hear some amazing speakers talk about what they envision for the future of the luxury and design industries.

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Throughout the two days there will be three panels happening, all of them dedicated to different themes of the design and luxury world.

The first panel, on the 20th, The Value of Craftsmanship for the Luxury World will be closed off by Gondomar’s own mayor.

On the 21st you will be able to attend two panels: Design as a Driving force for Local Craftsmanship, and Luxury Branding: The Behind the Scenes Story.

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Here are some of the names who will be attending:

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.

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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 best known for their bespoke furniture-art design and innovative design, which is always hand-worked.

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