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The Process

Nupial Soup > Branca Cuvier


Description: Lavadeira — 70 cm x 20 cm; “Bride” — 50 cm x 35 cm; Lavadeira — blue soap; Bride — turkish soap

Technique: Cut

Concept: series of necklaces made with soap where its potential is explored through lapidation. The necklaces are meant to be used in a special moment, to beautify the body, a moment which ends up being as ephemerous as the necklaces.

Context: Contemporary jewelery

PANO > Gonçalo Campos & Maria Bruno Néo


Description: Porcelain

Tecnnique:  Textile and porcelain (prototypes) and porcelain and cotton thread (pre-final piece).

Concept: Chandeliers made from the textile and porcelain technique, a process that consists in steeping cotton fabric into porcelain during the shaping of the workpiece and that when the piece is baked in the oven the fabric burns and disappears. Each piece is unique as it suffers the unpredictability of the process.

Context: After a self-initiated production, the designers Gonçalo Campos and Maria Bruno Néo are collaborating now with VICARA — exploratory design, who edits the piece, dealing with the production, communication and commercialisation. This process, from prototype to the final-product, is aqua exposed, thus being notorious the resulting interactions of the conditions of  the manufactured processes, the suitability of the form to its function in the transition of an handmade process to a semi-industrial one and, finally, as the idea transforms itself when materialised into a product for the Market.

UN JOUR SI BLANC / 2012 > SEM TÍTULO / 2011 > Inês A


Description: 6’20 loop • 23×27,5 cm

Technique: Video • Mixed on abrasive paper.

Concept: From a painting on wood, this piece is painted in successive layers, a series of abrasive papers were used for the preparation and construction of this painting. During this process the gesture that leads to the successive erasure of surfaces and denounces the transparency of the matter, tries to reveal what is not seen, what appears hidden, revealing new images.

Context: This body of work was born at the studio, a place of quests and constant possibilities between the visible and the invisible. Born out of errors and transformations, of unconscious images, of chances. It is in this daily demand, in the reflection on the act of making,  that imaginary places marked by what each instant suggest are revealed, in and endless process. It is made of time, rhythm, shade and light. A lot of light.

TEASET’POT / 2013 > João Abreu Valente


Description: Faience; ceramic pigment, transparent glass.

Technique: Plaster mold, slip.

Concept: Teapot’set is a teapot that produces its own service. The manufacturing process involves the use of a fixed amount of slip (liquid clay) that is leaving less material to produce the next piece. The coloring of the service is a visualization of the production method, during the first filling it is possible to see two different colors of clay, which over time (due to the manufacturing process) start mixing into a single color while the clay is constantly transferred into and out of the mold.

Context: Process – The performance of matter.
(MA dissertation Contextual design – Design Academy Eindhoven)
The expression “form follows function” is becoming less of a statement that represents the thinking of contemporary design. The change is increasingly in search of a materialization of design thinking, which turns out to be the process itself. For this purpose I developed a research method, in which objects create other objects based onZygmunt Baumant’s concept of Liquid Modernity. In Process — The performance of matter the function becomes a consequence of the process, deconstructing the idea of form and function to — “function follows the process.”

FROZEN TREES, 2012 > Like Architects

Description: 2400 plastic bags’s dispensers: Rationell Variera.

Concept: Are reinterpreted trees; are Christmas trees, white. Thirty cylinders — self-supporting and self-sufficient lamps — are placed along the square, drawing a landscape that organizes new flows and frameworks and invites the visitors to new spatial experiences. Designed from the continued association of the play “Rationell Variera” by K Hagberg/M Hagberg (IKEA – 1,5€) and taking advantage of its form, “FROZEN TREES” brings a domestic scale piece to the city scale — an act leading to the dissociation of the piece’s original function and even the loss of its identity as an isolated element, making a general call for creativity in the current socio-economic conjecture.

Context: The volumes, fully drilled, are visually crossed proposing an ethereal presence in the square. The installation thus takes advantage of the holes of the original piece and the translucent nature of its materials — polypropylene plastic —, simultaneously flexible, non-flammable and with a high capacity for absorption and transmission of light, natural or artificial. Integrating itself within the urban environment, the installation “FROZEN TREES” assumes different postures during the day and night: during the day, the trees cause unexpected shadows and form as a whole a landscape of abstract volumes, white and lacy, through which you see the surroundings; during the night, they are illuminated by LEDs from the inside, the pieces, such as lamps, explode in a white light of variable intensity, creating a christmas atmosphere.

COPOS DE COLECÇÃO > Mafalda Fernandes


Description: Glass 1 — 30 x 70 mm;Glass 2 — 35 x 150 mm;Glass 3 — 65 x 100 mm;Glass 4 — 65 x 170 mm; Glass.

Technique: Blown glass in cardboard mold.

Concept: [Mold] = [The old industrial structure cardboard roll: ASA – Indústria Têxtil, S. A.] = 40mm of diameter x 150mm of height. [Blown glass (870ºC to 1040ºC) + Cardboard roll (inflames at 427ºC)] = 5 Collection Champagne Glasses.

Context: Presentation at 10.03.2012 in Guimarães, European Capital of Culture. Project inserted in the Opening of the exhibition/performance Glasses of Collection integrated in the exhibition Collecting Collections and Concepts, curated by Paulo Mendes / Collaboration: Vista Alegre Atlantis, Alcobaça, Portugal. Invited by: Mariana Pestana

ADIÇÃO > Nuno Farinha


Description: 15x15x8,5cm; ceramics.

Technique: By addition.

Concept: Through the objects, look, reflect, group.

Context: Contemporary equipment design.

SPORE VASE > Paulo Sellmayer


Description: Sodic glass (final piece); Borosilicate glass (prototypes). Microbiological solution (Sabouraud Dextrose Agar), syringe and needle.

Technique: Blown glass with mold on wood, UV glued (final piece) and blown glass and molded hot (prototypes).

Concept: Spore is a vessel for fungi.
Although present in our environment due to their repulsive nature, they are rarely seen in our sterile world.
This vase creates an innocuous container for fungi to flourish.
The culture medium is injected with a syringe through a hole on the top.
Spores that exist in the surrounding environment are the seeds.

Context: Handle with care — briefing of a project in Bolzano, Italy. This project was initially developed in Bolzano, Italy, as a proposal for an academic work. It is a research work on the vase and container (vessel) typologies and on the relationship between artificial/natural media that exist in the human environment. This work has been developed along different exhibitions, primarily the Dutch Design Week 2010 and then the DMY Berlin Design Post, thus the form and the injection method being improved. This set explicitly shows the process underlying the development of the project.

Handle with care — briefing de projecto em Bolzano, Itália. Este projecto foi inicialmente desenvolvido em Bolzano, Itália, enquanto uma proposta para um trabalho académico. É um trabalho de investigação sobre a tipologia vaso e recipiente (vessel) e a relação entre meio artificial/natural que existe nos ambiente humanos. Este trabalho foi-se desenvolvendo ao longo de diferentes exposições, primeiramente a Dutch Design Week 2010 e de seguida a DMY Berlin Design Post, sendo que a forma e o método de injecção se foram aprimorando. Este conjunto explícita o processo subjacente no desenvolvimento do projecto.


Opening Photos