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CMYK by OJEAM Studio

«Our work is based on our different perspectives and visions of the world and that is how we find our balance»   OJEAM Studio has two designers behind the scenes: João Abreu Valente and Maria Pita Guerreiro. Our work is based on our different perspectives and visions of the world and that is how we find our balance. The studio was founded in 2015 inspired by a shared passion to explore the gap between two opposites: experimental and commercial approaches of design, aiming to find a harmony between them, in different contexts. CMYK is a set of carafe and glass that plays with the topic of light and colour making with the three primary colours: Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow to create new colours when stacked. The transparency of the material is used to mix the colours by overlapping layers of the coloured glasses on top of the already coloured bottle until reaching the ultimate colour Back. CMYK belongs to the Project OFF PORTUGAL from Glass Cares exhibition that presented the experiments of ten Portuguese designers with the country’s traditional …

Wolf&Rita

Wolf&Rita is a brand that originated in the heart of a family business started 35 years ago. The brand belongs to a shirts manufacturing mill, which has evolved into a company able to provide a wider range of products. «Our focus is to present collections which are fashion orientated but also with a strong identity that can easily be connected to the brand. We have a strong ethical approach and try to respect everyone involved in the production chain. Our fabrics and trimmings are locally outsourced and the workers in our company all live in close distance of our facilities. Our motto is “Locally sourced, globally worn”» Wolf&Rita collections are designed for kids but thinking about adults fashion. One could say that 90% of W&R styles could also be done in adult sizes and still look pretty nice. The inspiration behind the collections is usually outsourced in different art movements, artists and even music. It is a “work in progress” each season, combining designs and ideas both of  Claudia, the designer and Carlos, the photographer.  After choosing a theme, they start working on the prints and the collection starts to take its shape. It is a slow but quite pleasing process in …

Los Veracruzanos by Tropel/Ana Jimenez

«The brand is intended to challenge and bridge perceptions of traditional extravagant Mexican cultures, with the contemporary reality of a modern, vibrant and powerful country.» Los Veracruzanos is collection part of a brand called Tropel: Tropel is a brand launched by Ana JP Design. Starting with a range of jewellery boxes, scaled sized versions of a furniture collection launched as part of Ana’s Masters degree at Central Saint Martins. These boxes draw inspiration from Mexican culture and the unexpected nature of the Mexican character. The brand is intended to challenge and bridge perceptions of traditional extravagant Mexican cultures, with the contemporary reality of a modern, vibrant and powerful country. In this way getting a deeper understanding of what it means to be Mexican through the exploration of the cultural elements which define it. The result is a range of works which assume surreal shapes, bold color and imbue their settings with humor. Los Veracruzanos, is the second collection of jewellery boxes launched by Tropel. Two characters influenced by the prehispanic culture living in the ancient …

True Colors by VISSER & MEIJWAARD

«Being quite fed up with all the soft pinks and blues and greens everybody seemed to use at that point for all sorts of objects we decided to go bold, and that is when Truecolors was born: a collection made of very bright primary colors only.» Our Truecolors collection was our first interior design collection and started as an assigned research into PVC cloth in 2014. Our search started in the technical PVC industry (here the material finds its base), where a lot of design ideas where to be found in technical details and accessories used in the production. For Truecolors we have taken our inspiration from nostalgic practical products from the past. The foldable camping closet and leather gymnastics buck to form the base of this collection that consists of a backpack and a series of benches, stools, and cabinets made from this strong cloth.   Our collection has become a contemporary design collection in which versatility of color and use are key. The cabinets and stools are built up from oak frames with a PVC upholstery. Because …