July 26, 2019

Innovative Portuguese Tiles by Add Fuel

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Built in the 1960s, the Torre neighborhood was originally designed as a suburb to relocate fishermen and their families that inhabited the center of the village.
Today it has more than 30 buildings, but many of its original inhabitants and families still reside in there. Usually the wives of fishermen, the “varinas” sold fresh fish brought home by their husbands. With my work around the ceramic “azulejo” tiles I try to bring tradition and Portuguese culture to the present, preserve it, re-think it, but varinas are, unfortunately, a dying tradition, a dying profession.
Shortly after I started this mural, I was told that on this exact same wall, forty-something years ago there was a varina called Helena that sold fish right there, in front of this wall. Happy coincidences.


Add  Fuel


In 2013 Add Fuel (Diogo Machado) created this mural in Figueira da Foz. The city where I live.
So cool! I really like his modern approach to Portuguese Tile Tradition.

Lisboa by André Vicente Gonçalves



Today I invite you to watch Lisbon through the lenses of André Vicente Gonçalves. He is the photographer behind the very well known project Windows of the world and Doors of the world.






July 17, 2019

Lisbon under the stars: a cool experience



Until July 20, with 2 daily sessions, at 9:30 p.m. to 10:45 p.m., this show takes place inside the Ruins of Carmo Church. This event will transport the public into an immersive journey through more than 600 years of history the city of Lisbon and Portugal. LISBOA UNDER STARS is a unique spectacle in Lisbon. A multidisciplinary experience was developed for multimedia, virtual writing, and visual effects, to the sound of great names of Portuguese music. The Ruins of Carmo have been the ideal stage for LISBOA UNDER STARS. This is a new way of experiencing more than 600 years of the history of Lisbon and Portugal. You can watch the making of here

July 16, 2019

Quinta da Pacheca Wine Barrels you san sleep in


Can you imagine yourself waking up on the middle of a vineyard, and experience the rurality of one of the most famous wine regions in the world? These wine barrels at Quinta da Pacheca have a bold architectural project and it's an offer of the Wine House hotel.  You can take a winery tour here, enjoy a wine tasting session paired with cheese and jam, have a picnic in the vineyards, or maybe a wine course.

In an idyllic and romantic setting, Wine Barrels will provide you a unique experience of contact with nature and the monumental reality of the Douro Wine Region. It's a perfect spot for a good rest await in the environment of rurality. Lamego is situated in the center of the Douro region and is surrounded by extensive private grounds with vineyards. It's somehow a quirky accommodation option for all the wine lovers out there. The accommodation blends modern design with a historic setting.

July 11, 2019

The Portuguese Chicken Burguer - Voyage of Discovery





McDonald’s Malaysia is taking Malaysians on an exciting taste adventure to another corner of the world with the unveiling of its brand new Portuguese Chicken Burger.

Inspired by  flavours of Portugal, the new burger the Portuguese-inspired burger features a juicy fried chicken patty, dipped in a unique piri-piri sauce, served with a bed of mixed vegetable and fresh lettuce, all sandwiched between a brand new chilli flake bun. The result is a delectable meal bursting with rich flavours and spices that is distinctly Portuguese. The Portuguese Chicken Burger set meal is served with French fries and either a Fanta Grape McFreeze or regular coke, and is priced from RM16.99.
There's also a new Augmented Reality game called Catching Nonando, in which customers would need to “catch” as many Nonando Chickens as they can in 60 seconds to collect points.

Customers will be instantly rewarded with discounts on the Portuguese Chicken Burger, depending on how many Nonandos they catch, and stand a chance to walk away with up to 50,000 AirAsia BIG Points.

July 4, 2019

Portugaba: the summer tote bag by Christian Louboutin







Christian Louboutin’s love to Portugal - he says this country is his second home - has sent him all over the country in search of artisans with old skills and Portuguese traditions. These are the faces of women and men that made this creation possible. From the north of Portugal to the south, the PORTUGABA unites the remarkable talents of artisans from all over the country. The two handmade summer totes are called “Portugaba”. 10% of the profits will go to the “Associação Portugal A Mão” which protects and promotes Portuguese craftsmanship.

It's called a "sustainaluxe" product skillfully crafted by local artisans. Yes, it has the value of three Portuguese minimum wages but that is worthy for a fans of everything that's handmade with the use of traditional techniques. These bags use old techniques such as puxados and ripado, artisans work by hand on wooden looms. These are the skills and knowledge that keep Portuguese traditions alive. The bags are finished with hand-painted beads adorning the handles.

Inside we can find the brightly colored tiles we get to see all over Portugal. Some more Portuguese traditions and craftsmanship from regions throughout the country are represented. This is the 4th edition in the series, a tribute to various countries that have already seen pieces like the Africaba, the Mexicaba, and the Manilacaba. Inspiration was first found at   Miranda do Douro, where Louboutin found the fabric used to make the  Capas de Honra, an old regional costume. Louboutin then went to Fridão, where he found the puxados thecnique. Then at Cooperativa Tecedeiras de Cervade he got more ideas about weaving techniques. Weavers from Loures and Aboim da Nóbrega, in the north, added the fringe that is present in folklore costumes.  The straps beeds are painted by hand and inspired by tiles. These are made in a small village between  Mafra e Ericeira.

The Vieira sneaker is covered in satin crepe printed with Azulejos, inspired by Portuguese ceramic tiles. The model, set on a rubber sole, is trimmed in a white nappa leather grosgrain piping finish revealing the signature details of the Maison Christian Louboutin.
The Spetsos flat sandal finds inspiration in antique shoes with this feminine version. An Azulejos-printed crepe satin scarf, featuring patterns inspired by Portuguese ceramic tiles, slips between the toes and finishes off by wrapping around the ankle. The leather sole is lined in multi-colored braids.