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Exclusive Interview with Vitor Querido at Maison et Objet 2019Monday 21 January 2019
CovetED’s Exclusive Interview with Vitor Querido at Maison et Objet 2019 ⇒ During the occasion of Maison et Objet, CovetED had the immense pleasure to talk with one of the most skilled joiners in Portugal, Vitor Querido, who happens to work with one of the most prestigious design initiatives in the design industry, Project Culture. This project created by Covet Foundation is the material concretization of a dream that belongs to every single person who celebrates the finest craftsmanship all around the world. This Creative Hub allows master artisans, plastic artists and designers to work together searching for new artistic ways to express themselves and create beautiful masterpieces.
Since his teenage years, Vitor Querido has grown a burning passion for marquetry and has since then perfected his craft and we had the chance to pick up his brain a little bit about his work background, so keep on reading.
Marquetry is the art of decorating all surfaces and many craftsmen have their own way of transforming them. It is a technique that consists in applying a certain material into a certain scheme. Vitor Querido was born in Gondomar, a land known for its extraordinary marquetry creations, everywhere you go in the city, you can see them.
Querido has been a joiner for over thirty years. He has always been extremely passionate about arts connected to woodworking. His interest started when he was once in the house of a friend whose grandfather was actually a joiner and seeing how he work grew his curiosity. For him, Marquetry is interconnected to other art forms, it is kind of primitive of how it works. In actuality, this art form was regarded as the art of the Gods. In this period, pieces made with techniques would often be inland with gold or precious stones.
One of the things he is most passionate about is the union that can come when a creator and an artisan collaborate together. “I always had a dream of being a part of projects like this, where the union between creator and artisan. It is an added value. When we fight for something like this, we create a tendency for certain arts not to disappear completely, they actually only disappear if the younger generation decides to do see … but they do have incredible values and a remarkable vision for the future in regards to design. With the help of older artisans who know and the materials and turns in the business, it is in fact added value. I have always liked this type of project and that’s why I am a part of why I joined Covet Group.”
When asked about what type of product he likes to the most, Querido didn’t specify, however, he told us that he didn’t like to the same piece over and over as he enjoys being challenged every day.
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