PORTUGAL BRANDS – Exhibiting Style TENT London 2008 16/07/2008 page 1/ 14 Portuguese Portugal Brands is borne out of an ambition to promote an exhibition of Portuguese companies selected for their iconic status within the sphere of design, creativity, and product quality. If you walk down Hanbury Street at the Old Truman Brewery, at shop 15 you will see the exhibition where selected Portuguese brands will be gathered for an interior Design event. Their quest in innovative thinking leads the companies involved to design a selection of new and fresh products aimed at those who seek the finest solutions and most aspirational suppliers to realise their projects. Just like good Porto wine, the companies are simultaneously cherishing the past and embracing a new era of developing and expansion, forming the very core of the future: to be recognised as a symbol of lifestyle and luxury. Professional interior designers, Architects, Retailers and Hotel Designers working both the residential and hospitality markets will find a prestigious collection of fabrics and wallcoverings, furniture, lighting and carpets, as well as bespoke solutions. The exhibition captures an extraordinary moment as Portugal responds to the design hopes and dreams of the world tribe. Venue The Old Truman Brewery 15 Hanbury Street London E1 6QR18 Date Thur.18th Sept. 10 am – 8 pm Fri. 19 th Sept.10 am – 9 pm * Sat. 20th Sept. 10 am – 8 pm Sun 21st Sept. 11am – 5 pm Party: * Fri. 6 pm – 9 pm, strictly by invitation only. Closed to the public For press inquires & images please contact: Paula Sousa, PR Manager Email : firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +351 912528472 PORTUGAL BRANDS – Exhibiting Style TENT London 2008 16/07/2008 page 2/ 14 Companies involved Boca do Lobo® Company: Menina Design, Lda Web: www.bocadolobo.com Email: email@example.com Prominent Portuguese design company, Boca do Lobo will exhibit the latest limited editions pieces from its LE Collection. Since its first appearance in London three year ago at 100% Design East, Boca do Lobo has gained many admires and collectors. Boca do Lobo thinks the reason is the thirst for Design Art, which now dominates the design industry. Those at Boca do Lobo have become renowned for being passionate about what they do and for the individual character, and distinctive quality they give to each pieces. The love of design and detail that Boca do Lobo dedicates to the project has resulted in a connection with clients around the world. Many things have changed since the company’s inception, but its original values are still fundamental to the brand and will remain that way. PORTUGAL BRANDS – Exhibiting Style TENT London 2008 16/07/2008 page 3/ 14 Companies involved Crere Company: Crere, Lda Web: www.crereportugal.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org CRERE is a multidisciplinary firm which focuses on strong links with architects, designers, decorators and those connected with art and culture. The CRERE team understands each phase of the project, from renovation to rehabilitation, whilst establishing a pro-active relationship between ornamental plaster restoration and conservation. CRERE aims to create an intense and fruitful collaboration with their clients: seeing them as partners, working to assess their needs and subsequently presenting designs and implementing solutions that best fit their requirements. CRERE favours communication tailored to the customer, which results in an efficient management of resources and therefore an optimum project outcome. CRERE believes in partnerships based on solid relationships and trust. PORTUGAL BRANDS – Exhibiting Style TENT London 2008 16/07/2008 page 4 / 14 nvolved Companies involved Coniança ® Company: Saboaria e Perfumaria Confiança Web: www.confiancasoaps.com Email: email@example.com Founded in 1894 Confiança is still a reference for the Portuguese cosmetic industry. Always respecting its quality tradition, Confiança produces, even today, according to its traditional methods passed on generation by generation but never forgetting innovation and the search of new opportunities. Production is carefully registered obeying to the best practices used in the cosmetic industry. All ingredients used are natural and 100% vegetable. No animal test is conducted. Confiança will be exhibiting the classic ranges, all of it recovered from the rich design and recipes portfolio that confiança aim to bring back to the XXI century. Art-Déco” and “Art-Nouveau” art influences popular during the 20’s are well represented on Confiança’s range of scented candles and soaps in herbal and floral notes. The combination of form, soap characteristics and packaging is an art passed on by generations that allows Confiança to still preserve all of its essence. To Confiança, each of its products is more than a cosmetic. It’s a peace of history, a memory and a small part of each of its co-workers. By using Confiança’s products soap and candles, you will, most certainly, be transported to the past in a never-ending world of fragrances and sensations. PORTUGAL BRANDS – Exhibiting Style TENT London 2008 16/07/2008 page 5 / 14 Companies involved Companies Delightfull ® Company: Menina Design, Lda Web: www.delightfull.eu Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Delightfull will be, in the years to come, recognised as the brand that brought back the glamour of interior lighting design. The first collection of this exclusive brand was launched in June and was named Heritage. Each heritage lamp is unique, hand crafted and made with a vast know-how and accumulated experience. The collection is formed by a group of reedited lamps, with a visual perception that blow the passion for the interior design, turning anyplace into delicate and distinct space. A tribute to the finest art was made. In the blur of music and senses, delightfull dedicates each piece to a fabulous musicians. See it in your eyes… "A secret is only fascinating if it can be shared through a flow of words that are capable of shaping something that is nothing but only a feeling. Sometimes it feels like a paradox, as the bigger the secret is, the louder you feel like revealing it, so that all may share the rare pleasure of grasping something that is unique and almost untouchable." PORTUGAL BRANDS – Exhibiting Style TENT London 2008 16/07/2008 page 6/ 14 Companies involved gnerspad Designers Designerspad ® Company: Piódão Artesanato e Design, Lda Web: www.designerspad.com.pt Email: email@example.com Piódão is a high quality carpet producer, producing hand-tufted carpets for the higher ends of the market. This company has been placing the product at the service of the well-being and comfort of the European consumer since 1992, selling most of its production in the demanding of central European markets. The very high quality of Piodão product derives from the excellence of the design and quality of the materials – 100% wool yarns and a silk type viscose, all natural products – combined with a very high flexibility of production in shape, colour and design, making possible the perfect fit of each carpet to each individual situation and rigorous execution of clients intentions. Piodão is able to individualize the products according to each client’s needs and wishes. “Designerspad – Living the floor” - leading our quest for customer’s satisfaction. Our main business partners are design, decoration and architecture companies or ; and all who undergo decoration projects which demand high-quality sophisticated products, individual service, and providing the best solution for each specific situation. PORTUGAL BRANDS – Exhibiting Style TENT London 2008 16/07/2008 page 7/ 14 Companies involved Munna ® Web: www.munnadesign.com Email: Email firstname.lastname@example.org There are places that inspire us more than others. When we explore them, we are reconnected with a dreamlike memory; we feel a great affection with the emotions motivated by remembering a moment that was shared - a significant point in time. These smells, colours, light and shade, objects and ways of talking, behaving and being become the identity of a tribe: a tribe with styles and tastes that delights in encountering unexpected moments and surprises. Munna was born in 2008, created to be part of this landscape. Munna´s first collection, called Fetishe, will be launched to the world at the Portugal Brands exhibition during the London Design Festival. The aim of the designers is to create upholstery objects that never lose their power of amazement and attraction that initially caught the eye and delighted their owner from the beginning. Each individual piece is individually handmade by a team of craftspeople and joiners who have the passion to provide only the highest quality. Vibrant and shimmering materials, vinyl, velvet, gold and silver leaf, high gloss lacquer and perfectly treated woods are among the elements that can be found in the Fetishe collection. Munna has been developed as the definition of deluxe design, always ensuring that each object embodies the Fetishe spirit: passion and excitement. PORTUGAL BRANDS – Exhibiting Style TENT London 2008 16/07/2008 page 8/ 14 Companies involved Pedroso & Osório Company: Pedroso & Osório Web: www.pedrosoeosorio.com Email: Email email@example.com Pedroso e Osório exists for 30 years in Portugal. With 5 showrooms and a privileged position in the market, the company decides to take a step out and in 2004 starts developing it’s own fabric collection. Pedroso e Osório collection may be found in many European countries. The collection has been exhibited in 100% Design over the last three years, favouring the expansion to new markets. The opening of a showroom in Madrid consolidated the presence of the brand in Spain. The collection privileges natural materials such as silk, linen or cotton, being touch and quality relevant factors when making the choice. The colour palette which varies each season incorporates a group of trend colours, enabling innovative combinations or environments in contemporary tones and shadows. The September 2008 collection is inspired in the patterns and colours of Africa, where many cultures coexist with some difficulty but with the hope of a better future. Patterns, colours and concepts mingle creating eclectic and unpredictable results. PORTUGAL BRANDS – Exhibiting Style TENT London 2008 16/07/2008 page 9/ 14 Companies involved Persono ® Company: Persono Lda. Web: www.persono.pt Email: Email firstname.lastname@example.org Although there are many opinions and theories on how to produce a good mattress, when referring to quality of workmanship and comfort there are techniques tested by time that clearly create a superior product. Persono apply those techniques in the manufacture of their latex mattresses and pillows, their knowledge and expertise made all the more important by an elementary calculation; we spend 30% of our time sleeping, and the way we sleep affects the quality of the remaining 70%. Founded in 2000, Persono is a team comprising medical experts, designers, engineers and craftsmen who are always motivated by excellence and making the best product for the client. They successfully supply the best latex mattresses to the most demanding users within the high-end decoration and hospitality sectors. Persono´s mission is to make you sleep naturally. As a population, we are subjected to daily pressures and stress; we run from one place to another and sleep is vital to keep us healthy and give us energy to face life and all its daily. PORTUGAL BRANDS – Exhibiting Style TENT London 2008 16/07/2008 page 10/ 14 nvolved Companies involved Piurra ® Company: Piurra Lda. Web: www.piurra.com Email email@example.com Email: Piurra is a sort of spinning top, a toy that swirls in several directions. Piurra Furnituring is the starting point of something that deliberately they want undefined. That, such as a spinning top, takes several ways. Piurra take those ways in each project approach. The experiments that gush out at a soaring rhythm from within urban life are of major relevancy. The creation of furniture departs from the development of concepts based upon the personal experiences of demanding, innovating, recalcitrant people. Sure that Piurra will meet efficiently each client needs, they approach every project in a unique fashion, laying a high attain in individual contact. The store is based in Porto's downtown. Known as the Art Galleries street , this road shelters a considerable number of offbeat shops. PORTUGAL BRANDS – Exhibiting Style TENT London 2008 16/07/2008 page 11/ 14 Companies involved Tema Home ® Company: Tema Web: www.temahome.com Email firstname.lastname@example.org Email: TemaHome is a portuguese company with offices in Lisbon and factory in Tomar, exports to 40 countries and has 1200 points of sale worldwide. TemaHome -Living your Dreams- is synonymous with a way of life, providing complete solutions for the home across a variety of product sectors. The TemaHome collection presents a way of living: a functional, clean and modern place where one can relax, unwind and entertain in a surrounding that portrays a personal style through the furniture and objects chosen. TemaHome, Living your Dreams. PORTUGAL BRANDS – Exhibiting Style TENT London 2008 16/07/2008 page 12/ 14 Companies involved Viriato ® Company: Web: www.moveisviriato.pt Email: Email Since 1952, solid values of a family-owned company have formed the basis for what is nowadays seen as a prime example in the hotel market across the world. For over 50 years, Viriato’s experience, talent and know-how have led to a gradual construction of what it is today: multifaceted company, capable of supplying a great variety of products and services, highlighting the development of interior design projects and the respective supply of hotel equipment. Possessing a strong spirit of investment and innovation, Viriato Hotel Concept knows that in dynamic and global economy it’s very important to provide quality, differentiated and unique services. Versatility, innovation and functionally are important principles for Viriato. In addition to this, the company’s principle has been to strictly follow the rules of social responsibility, placing it in a position of total harmony and healthy coexistence with society in general and specifically with the community Bearing in mind the increasing demand for personalised projects, it has developed and architecture and interior design project which, together with project management teams, production and logistics coordinators and quality controllers, provide complete interior design solutions made to meet their client’s needs: this is the main goal for Viriato. The appropriate capacity and strategy to serve the Hotel industry has placed this company in the world’s most important and prestigious hotel chains. PORTUGAL BRANDS – Exhibiting Style TENT London 2008 16/07/2008 page 13/ 14 Artists involved Ana Cristina Leite Born in 1964, lives and Works in Porto, Portugal. Graduated in art , University of Porto. World acclaimer painter, Ana Cristina transports to the paintings the sensuality and the power of woman condition. Some of the collective exhibitions Ana Cristina Leite performed: 2008 Asturias Museum 2008 Artefiera, Bolonha, Arco Madrid , Art Dubai, Dubai; SPArte São Paulo , Brazil 2007 Arco Madrid, SPArte São Paulo, Brazil, Arte Cologne, Art Fair of Palma de Maiorca, Lisboa Arte 2007, Lisboa 2006 Arrt Karlsruhe, Galerie T40, Düsseldorf, Alemanha; ARCO 06, Galeria Mário Sequeira, Braga; Palmbeach 3 galeria Neuhoff Nova York PORTUGAL BRANDS – Exhibiting Style TENT London 2008 16/07/2008 page 14/ 14 Artists involved João Noutel www.joaonoutel.com Born in 1971 lives and works in Porto. Graduated in law and Post-Graduate Studies in Design and Printing Techniques of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto, João Noutel has developed work in different materials (paper, cloth, MDF, synthetic carpet, photographic paper, Light boxes…). He ´s the author of publications related to the image of premium wines (Pelada, Qt da Pellada / Douro; Contrast / Douro; Niepoort ) Coordinated and illustrated the project Douro - The New Generation, presented at the Serralves Foundation and the Frankfurt Book Fair 2005; Currently, the Serralves Museum has available two exclusive limited editions of the series The Invisible Soul; integrates the list of artists case history of the project, digital platform on contemporary art in Portugal in an international context. He´s the author of the draft public art GIANT The Voyeur Project (2008 | 2009); exhibits regularly since 2002 and is represented in several public and private collections. .