Our love affair with Porto started in 1999 It was love at first when we visited Porto for the first time back i 1999. That was when we started talking about settling in Portugal for the first time. Since then we have been back countless of times.’
[caption id="attachment_35646" align="aligncenter" width="1631"] Georges Schweder and his business partner Ferdinand Claus could hardly have imagined that Claus Porto, the little soap and fragrance business they set up in 1887 in Porto, would, five generations later, still be tempting an appreciative clientele. From Wallpaper’s story 23 June [/caption]
There’s so much more to Portugal than sunny city breaks, windsurfing and pasteis de nata washed down with a chilled glass of port.
Over the past decade, it’s been busy designing itself out of a major recession by reinvesting in heritage homeware brands that celebrate the country’s diverse artisanship and rich craft traditions.
Much of this is being driven by entrepreneurs in their forties, who were born post-dictatorship and, as a result, are international in outlook and keen to champion the “Made in Portugal” label on a world stage.
The nation’s slightly shabbier second city, Porto, is the design powerhouse. With a long tradition for furniture and textiles manufacturing, it has yet again become a hotbed for creativity.Read Playship’s Abhi Ragh’s Why Porto is Portugal’s new design power house on Medium. A short guide to the new Porto design scene.
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