From the 20th to the 21st of June 2018, Porto will be the highlighted stage for Luxury Design and Craftsmanship Summit 2018 arranged by the Covet Group for the first time.
This one of the only events in the whole world bringing together all the creative minds, designers, makers, and brands, to have discussed what are next trends in Modern tables designs and other furniture designs at Luxury Design World. This unique event will surely bring you a new perspective, and the most innovative practices of the luxury and design industries as the major players in the growth and elevation of Craftsmanship.
Taking place in a city renowned for its heritage to craftsmanship, Porto, Portugal, the two-day event will present an outstanding line-up of key speakers to provide a lively debate and informed conversation for all those who seek to be at the forefront of the Modern tables in Luxury Design field.
The opening event will be at Pavilhão Multiusos de Gondomar, designed by Pritzker Winners, Architect Álvaro Siza Vieira, on the 20th of June with the live showcase by Master artisans of azulejo, wood, and other ancient crafts. Gondomar is the perfect place to host the 1st Edition of this Luxury Design and Craftsmanship Summit, because it’s a city recognized for its love and dedication to craftsmanship, mainly in the jewelry industry with a special kind of love and attention for the traditional art of creating stunning jewelry pieces.
The first panel of event is dedicated to The Value of Craftsmanship for the Luxury World will showcase real case studies that translate the meaning of exclusivity and authenticity. This day will be closed by Gondomar’s Mayor itself, Marco Martins with a Port of Honor.
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On the second summit day, on the 21st of June, two panels will be presented: “Design as a Driving force for Local Craftsmanship”, is a closer look into the rise of the Designer-Maker, a journey from all the way the past towards a new inspiring cultural progress to promote creativity and innovation, while respecting traditions and guarding safely the heritage. The closing last panel will be “Luxury Branding: The Behind the Scenes Story” and it will have debate the connection between the heritage techniques and its usage for the most recent marketing campaigns of world´s leading luxury brands, what comes to modern tables and other products.
During this two-day lasting event, the craftsmanship will be the main discussion topic with a new approaches and dimensions. There will be a reflection of the dynamic and digital world, where craftsmanship serves as a tool for design brands and other art forms.
As for the second summit day, the following Speakers are: Michaelangelo Foundation, an international non-profit entity that celebrates and preserves master craftsmanship and strengthens its connection to the world of design; Fundação Ricardo Espírito Santo Silva, a foundation created with the objective of protecting and disseminating the Portuguese Decorative Arts and the handicrafts related to them; Luís Onofre, designer of luxury shoes and accessories and President of APICCAPS; Vista Alegre, the oldest porcelain factory in the Iberian Peninsula; Topázio, a Portuguese company with more than 140 years of history, expert in the creation and production of unique designed hand-carved silver; Boca do Lobo, Portuguese brand of furniture-art design recognized for its unique and innovative design always handcrafted.
The event itself is organized in association with Thinkers & Makers Foundation, whose mission is to celebrate and honor the craftsmanship and every single person who creates soulful pieces with their own hands. According to the organization, “A unique new Summit dedicated to exploring the increasingly crucial nexus between luxury and craftsmanship as essential components to inject a new verve into the design world.”For a more detailed conference program and more specific information about this event, you can find on the event’s website.
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