LDC Summit 2019
The Luxury Design & Craftsmanship Summit 2019 has officially started! This design event is still happening until 27th of June and it’s being held at Pavilhão Multiusos in Gondomar, Oporto – Portugal! On day 1 the event focused on topics such as the importance of dialogue between Design and Artisanal Excellence, as well as on an interesting discussion regarding the Present and Future of Craftsmanship. Circu Blog will show you the highlights of day one. Take a look:
The second edition of the Luxury Design & Craftsmanship Summit kicked off with the opening ceremony with the intervention of Amândio Pereira (Founder & CEO of Covet Group), as well as Marco Martins, Mayor of Gondomar. In the opening monologue, aside from thanking the participants and master artisans present at the event, enhancing the importance of preserving craftsmanship as well as working to make these arts evolve with the times, enhancing the fact that “The Summit is part of that Preservation mission!”
After the opening ceremony came the time to pay tribute to master artisans with the Masters of Excellency awards. A total of 10 craftsmen (and women) received an award each. The Mayor of Gondomar Marco Martins followed up with a speech in which he highlighted the work of Covet Group, while at the same time congratulating the artisans for all their hard work, congratulating them for “resisting when the market went through hard times”.
Carlos Sousa, who represented the Department of Tourism of the North of Portugal followed afterward, in a speech in which he underlined the importance of quality tourism in the city, enhancing that the classical arts and crafts have a role in this which is why they have to be preserved and cherished by the present generations.
This first day of the event then proceeded with the intervention of Nicole Segundo, current Network Developer for Portugal at Michelangelo Foundation. She introduced the audience to the history and main purposes of the Michelangelo Foundation, which are mainly centered around promoting, preserving and perpetuating the classical arts and crafts in order to ensure that the future generations take that mantle and preserve these complex traditions. This company is also responsible for the organization of two international events dedicated to traditional arts and crafts: Homo Faber and Doppia Firma (which has represented designers such as Emmanuel Babled, Christian Haas and Sam Baron).
After that came the first panel discussion which was focused on the Dialogue between Design and Artisanal Excellence. Nicole Segundo was the moderator of this initiative, which had the intervention of two good examples of designers who made a living and career in Portugal: Christian Haas (a German designer who’s been living and making a sold career in Oporto for years), and Emmanuel Babled (a French Designer who works in Babled Design studio, located in Lisbon).
Joining them was artisan Miguel Duarte from FRESS (Fundação Espírito Santo) in a dialogue in which all three of them expressed the importance of traditional arts and crafts from each personal perspective. Despite their different backgrounds, all three speakers agreed that Portuguese craftsmanship is rich in history and culture being art that should definitely be preserved.
If you attend the event either on the 26th or the 27th you will be able to see for yourself a couple of arts and crafts that are a deep part of Portuguese history. Among them we can point to Ceramics, Tiles, Stucco, Sacred Painting, Porcelain Painting, Silver Chiseling, Chiseling, Filigree, Metal Working, Jewelry, Wood Working, Bobbin Lace, Embedding, Notch, Gilding, Woodwork, Spring Wadding, Wadding, Weaving, Shoemaking, Embroidery from Madeira and Torno.
Don’t forget we are going to cover the whole event so make sure you stay tuned for more information about LDC Summit 2019!
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