Scoop: Inside the Luxury Design & Craftsmanship Summit 2018

Covet Group is organizing the first edition of the Luxury Design & Craftsmanship Summit.

As you already know, the event that will bring some of the most influential figures in the design and craftsmanship world to Porto is happening this June! From the 20th to the 21st of June, Porto will welcome and host the first Luxury Design & Craftsmanship Summit. Sponsored by Covet Group and Coveted Magazine, this event comes to celebrate luxury design and honor some of Portugal’s most ancient crafts.

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Scoop: Inside the Luxury Design & Craftsmanship Summit 2018

Pavilhão Multiusos de Gondomar, designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira.

The 2018 edition of the Luxury Design & Craftsmanship Summit will take place in one of Porto’s neighboring town: Gondomar.

Gondomar, most notably know because of its jewelry heritage, becomes now the center stage where creative minds from the design and arts industry will meet to discuss the future of the luxury design world, hopefully providing us with a new perspective on this highly competitive market, as well as new ideas on how to keep elevating and honoring the importance of craftsmanship in product design.

The two day event and the panels will be happening in Gondomar’s own Pavilhão Multiusos de Gondomar, a structure designed by the renowned Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Veira, which was first opened in 2007.

Scoop: Inside the Luxury Design & Craftsmanship Summit 2018

There will be an opening ceremony on June 20, where attendees will have the opportunity to see master artisans live, as they do what they know best in the fields of Portuguese tiles, better known as ‘azulejo‘, wood, as well as other ancient crafts.

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After the opening ceremony, the panels and debates will begin. The Value of Craftsmanship for the Luxury World will be the first theme, where real case studies will be presented, in trying to mirror the meaning of exclusivity and authenticity in a luxury interior. Gondomar’s own Mayor Marco Martins’s speech will conclude this first day with a glass of Port of Honor.

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For the second day, the 21st of June, two more panels will follow. The first one, Design as a Driving Force for Local Craftsmanship, will bring a closer look to the surfacing of the design-maker, which comprises a journey from the past to present days, where creativity and innovation are celebrated, while still respecting ancient traditions and preserving our craftsmanship heritage.

The last panel of the two-day Luxury Design & Craftsmanship Summit, on the other hand, takes us on a journey to the design world from a different point of view. Luxury Branding: The Behind the Scenes Story will bring the speakers to debate the relationship between these classic techniques and how they’re used for some of the most recent marketing campaigns of leading luxury businesses.

Speakers confirmed to attend Luxury Design & Craftsmanship Summit:

Michaelangelo Foundation, an international non-profit entity that celebrates and preserves master craftsmanship and strengthens its connection with the world of design.

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Fundação Ricardo Espírito Santo Silva, an organization created with the goal to protect and disseminate the Portuguese Decorative Arts scene and the handicrafts related to them.

Luís Onofre, a Portuguese luxury footwear and accessories designer, who is also President of APICCAP.

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Vista Alegre, the oldest porcelain factory in the Iberian Península

Topázio, 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 hand-worked.

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The Luxury Design and Craftsmanship Summit is being organized in partnership with the Thinkers & Makers Foundation, whose mission is to celebrate and honor craftsmanship and every single person who creates soulful pieces with their own hands.

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“Luxury Design & Craftsmanship Summit is dedicated to exploring the increasingly crucial nexus between luxury and craftsmanship as essential components to inject a new verve into the design world.”


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