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Portuguese Design at MUDE Lisbon

A few weeks ago, I went to MUDE, a museum in downtown Lisbon about Fashion and Design.There, I saw three exhibitions, two temporary ones and a long-term one. The first one, called How do you pronounce design in Portuguese was about Portuguese Design, featuring the most famous portuguese design pieces and their respective artists. The second one featured the vast work of the set designer, costume designer and artist, António Lagarto and was called From Matrix to Sleeping Beauty. The third (the temporary one), Made in Portugal – Burel Factory, had key design products and items that characterized each decade in history. Unfortunatelly, the museum doesn’t allow people to photograph this last one.

This first post will be about the first exhibition I saw. Still, I will write about the second exhibition on another post.

How do you pronounce design in Portuguese

exhibition general viewWhat meaning and significance being Portuguese has today in contemporary material culture? And to what extent does the development of domestic production pass through the work of our cultural matrix, without prejudice and with an awareness of who we are?

The Museum tried answering this questions by disclosing many items of product design created and produced by Portuguese designers over the last sixty years, with greater emphasis on the period between 1980 and 2014. Enjoying the exhibition leads to the conclusion that the diversity of proposals on display illustrates the impossibility of talking about a single national design.

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pedro silva dias, corqui lounge chair

Pedro Silva Dias, Corqui Lounge Chair.


chess set

Chess set.

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Gonçalo Campos, Times 4 Coffee Table

Gonçalo Campos, Times 4 Coffee Table.


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Filipe Alarcão, Gem Square Table

Filipe Alarcão, Gem Square Table.


Pedro Silva Dias, Igor Cabinet

Pedro Silva Dias, Igor Cabinet.

flower holder

fernando brízio, pata negra stool

Fernando Brízio, Pata Negra (Black Paw) stool.

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coin necklace

Necklace made of old coins (escudos).


gonçao campos, gonçalo chair

Gonçalo Campos, Gonçalo Chair. You can see this iconic chair in many cafés and restaurants around Lisbon.

The main features about portuguese desing are:

  • The prevalence of form over ornament or the Search for the structure of things
  • Practical intelligence and sensibility to materials
  • The excellenceof manufacturing and applied Arts
  • Between the popular and the erudite
  • Variations on the theme of tradition
selfie in mirrors

Do we call this a selfie?

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