News and Trends that Cultivate Portugal’s Identity Internationally ⇒ Portugal’s commitment to industries such as design, art and craftsmanship is truly impressive. The country pays tremendous attention to tradition while continuously adding a sense of originality regarding everything that is produced within the country. This becomes quite evident in the following news and trends, which were developed by Portuguese individuals who seek to cultivate Portugal’s name in the international spectrum.
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Herdade do Freixo Wine Cellar Named Building of the Year by ArchDaily
Image Credit to Fernando Serra
The world’s most visited architecture website, ArchDaily has named the astonishing wine cellar of Herdade do Freixo, the Building of the year. The project was conceived by Frederico Valsassina Arquitectos. Surrounding by the untouched rural landscape, it features 26ha of a vineyard. The transition between exterior and interiors spaces happens in a fluid and sequential manner, allowing for a physical and visual communication. As a whole, the architectural forms are further enhanced by the scenic effect of the building.
Portuguese Plastic Artist Presents Solo Exhibition at Jupiter Artland
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“Gateway” is the latest solo exhibition by the renowned Portuguese plastic artist, Joana Vasconcelos, which is currently being presented at Jupiter Artland park and art gallery, in Edinburgh. The exclusive exhibition is comprised of “Valquíria #3”, a piece made from colourful textiles, embroidery and other elements, as well as, “O Coração Independente Vermelho #3”, an iconic artwork in translucent plastic cutlery, that illustrates the heart of Viana on a large scale. Vasconcelos is also working on a pool decorated with Portuguese azulejos, that will be inaugurated in July, in the Scottish foundation.
Graham’s Rare 1982 Harvest Tawny Port Wine Chosen to Celebrate the Royal Wedding
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Graham’s 1982 Harvest Tawny Port Wine was chosen to celebrate the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, which took place on May 19th. This exceptional wine that has been matured in oak barrels for over three decades and is one of the rarest wines that can be found in Graham’s wine cellars.
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“Glorious”, the Most Expensive Bonbon in the World Comes from Portugal
Image Source: Daniel’s Chocolate
The most expensive bonbon in the world comes in a diamond shape and was created by the Portuguese chocolatier, Daniel Gomes. Glorious is made up of equatorial black Valrhona chocolate, saffron filaments, Périgord white truffle, white truffle oil, Madagascar vanilla, gold flakes, and a surprise ingredient. The scrumptious bonbon comes in an artistically made package, which consists of a black lacquered wooden base with gold serial number engraving and a crystal cloche, coated with thousands of Swarovski crystals and pearls.
Portugal Passionately Hosts the 63rd Edition of Eurovision Song Contest
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This time, Eurovision received the warm embrace of Portugal. The event took place in the Altice Arena, in Lisbon, the largest pavilion in the country, and third in all of Europe. Last year, Portugal won due to the melodic performance of Salvador Sobral. This year, the most coveted prize in the panorama of international music was awarded to Israel, represented by Netta.
Maison Valentina and Pombo Design a Stunning Collection of Bathroom Accessories
Image Courtesy of Maison Valentina
The renowned Portuguese bathroom brands, Maison Valentina and Pombo collaborated together to create the most exquisite bathroom accessories, a collection characterised by precision and attention to detail. This stunning partnership comes as a true representation of the growth and functionality of Portuguese design and craftsmanship.
A New Museum Exclusively Dedicated to Filigree Arts Opens Up in Chiado
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Quite recently, a museum exclusively dedicated to filigree arts opened up in Chiado by the jewellery store, Anselmo 1910. Over 150 pieces of various collections and arts are harmoniously distributed on the first floor. In addition, the Filigrana Museum also presents tools for the construction of these pieces, as well as, the whole process that showcases the history and the essence of this art.
Botanical Garden of the National Palace of Queluz Awarded Top European Cultural Heritage Prize
Image Credit to Carlos Linke Photography
After an extensive rehabilitation process, the fascinating Botanical Garden of the National Palace of Queluz is ranked as one of the winners of the prestigious European Cultural Heritage prize, the Europa Nostra Awards, the most influential in the sector. In order to preserve the landscape design and architecture, plenty of greenhouses were restored and rebuilt, as well as, mosaics and elements in Mansory, such as the ornamental fountain and surrounding statues. This intense conservation project saw the collaboration of the local community.
Aldeco Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary with the Bloom Fabrics Collection
Aldeco’s Showroom in Paris
In a wonderful celebration of their 25th Anniversary, the specialised brand in the edition of decorative fabrics, Aldeco created the astonishing Bloom collection is a celebration of life and love which was inspired by nature and its biodiversity. To further innovate, Aldeco joined forces with the fierce luxury brand, Brabbu, dressing some of the brand’s most iconic upholstery designs, resulting in a remarkable combination of textures, colours, fabrics and patterns.
Nespresso Celebrates Lisbon’s Heritage Through a New Tasteful Concept
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After undergoing a renovation period, the unique Nespresso Boutique Flagship Store in Chiado, Lisbon reopened to celebrate and honour the city’s heritage, including two of its biggest trademarks, the seven hills and mosaics. The renewed store highlights the Nespresso Taste Lisbon concept, which in collaboration with renowned Portuguese Ceramic brand, Vista Alegre, consisting of creating seven exclusive tiles, each representing one of the city’s famed hills.
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