Luxury Design and Craftsmanship Summit
Porto, Two-day Summit.
A revolutionary event in the industry, Luxury Design and Craftsmanship Summit kicked off at Pavilhão Multiusos in Gondomar, Porto – Portugal, with many eventful surprises and a very distinctive panel.
At two pm, the summit started with Live Showcases of Several traditional arts recognized and honored by Portugal, namely Arraiolos, Renda de Bilros, Goldening, Jewellery Craft, Upholstery and Wood Work! These promoted not only the arts exhibiting but also a bond between the audience and the master artisans.
The Opening Session featured Amandio Pereira, CEO of Covet Group – his words went accordingly with the value of Craftsmanship and the importance the Group but also the Furniture Industry give this ancient craft.
The Summit is one more tool available to achieve the goal of Covet Group: Elevate Design & Craftsmanship!
“It’s important to educate everyone on the importance of the industry services and why we should preserve craftsmanship”. – Drª Ana Teresa Lehmann.
The First Panel of the Summit was entitled “The Value of Craftsmanship For The Luxury World” and has the contribution of Amandio Pereira; Nicole Segundo – Representative of the Michaelangelo Foundation; Fatima Santos – General Secretary of AORP; Luís Onofre – CEO of Luis Onofre Brand; and Antonio Moura – Business Developer.
The main focus of this panel – that featured such an important and trendsetter name where New York is concerned, Michaelangelo Foundation – was to relate Luxury Goods & Design to the Traditional Arts and Ancient Crafts.
The notion that craftsmanship makes each and all products unique and that adds some special value to them was highly discussed and agreed upon every member of the panel – it is why all the big brands are investing in this art and training future generations for the reality of long lost ancient arts.
Miss Nicole Segundo – from the Michaelangelo Foundation – chose this moment to introduce to the audience the Homo Faber, a design and craftsmanship exhibition event that will take place in Venice, Italy, in September of this year!
“Homo Faber is an exciting opportunity to showcase the best of the craftsmanship values and industry.” – In the words of Nicole Segundo.
Great panels followed in after the first one – with themes like Design as a Driving Force of Local Craftsmanship and Luxury Branding: Behind the Scenes Story, there wasn’t really any time to let boredom kick in.
All panels were filled of interesting discussions and great enthusiasm by all involved! Exchanging ideas around the growth of the design industry and how the design culture has impacted craftsmanship, it was agreed by all that the transparency added to the path of design has involved since the concept of Designer-Maker.
The Summit, however, wasn’t just panels of interesting people discussing interesting and powerful topics. Live Showcases were a must during the two-day event and artisans were in display with their amazing work!
One thing New York Design Agenda knows for sure is that at the end of this event, craftsmanship was highlighted and the first edition of this Summit laid a foundation for the future and forged a better path for the industry!
Next edition you ask? Paris, January 2019!
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