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Vista Alegre Presents Its Latest Collections at Maison et Objet 2019Sunday 20 January 2019
Vista Alegre Presents Its Latest Collections at Maison et Objet 2019 – Internationally renowned Portuguese brand, Vista Alegre, is presenting its new collections at Maison et Objet in Paris in January 2019. These new collections include tableware, home decor, giftware and lighting, and for the first time the brand will also present home furniture. In collaboration with prestigious Portuguese furniture designers Boca do Lobo, Vista Alegre will present the striking cabinet ‘Once Upon a Time…’. Scroll down to know all about this wonderful and must-see partnership and fantastic collection!
Following the successful launch of their lighting collection in collaboration with designers such as Ross Lovegrove and Mendel Heit in 2018, the brand will this year present another range of lamps created by celebrated names including Jo Sampson and two new lamps by Ross Lovegrove. These new collections reinforce the brand’s continued commitment to pushing the limits of design.
The tableware collections by Vista Alegre combine mastery of design techniques with a modern vision. One of the most notable collections presented by the brand, ‘Amzōnia’, tackles global ecological issues through charitable partnerships such as that with EcoArts – a Brazilian NGO that operates in the state of Mato Grosso. For each piece of the ‘Amazōnia’ collection that is sold, a tree will be planted as part of a community and environmental project.
The brand also unveils new pieces within the stunning ‘Única’ collection alongside a new collection in collaboration with Christian Lacroix Maison, named ‘Herbariae’. This new collection reflects the strength of the partnership between the two brands. Also echoing the brand’s commitment to social responsibility and preserving biodiversity is the ‘Endangered’ series. This was developed in partnership with institutions for the protection of endangered species.
2019 marks a step forward and a broadening of horizons for Vista Alegre into furniture design and beyond what is classically considered the sphere of porcelain. Underpinning this evolution is the unwavering commitment to handcraftsmanship, quality, prestige, and world-renowned design. Discover the highlights of what is going to be presented during Maison et Objet by Vista Alegre below:
ONCE UPON A T I M E . . .
Vista Alegre will be launching their first furniture piece at Maison et Objet 2019. ‘Once Upon a Time…’ is a cabinet that has been designed in partnership with prestigious Portuguese furniture designers Boca do Lobo.
The result of 500 hours of work by Vista Alegre artisans, this stunning piece is made up of 1090 small porcelain triangles that make up the five faces of the cabinet. 741 of these triangles are entirely hand painted in ‘Great Fire Blue’ with notes of other magnificent colours.
Inside the cabinet is a hand-painted, hand-cut, platinum-plated crystal bar set that has been exclusively designed for this cabinet.
Inspired by Vista Alegre’s 1940 Talha Portugal, ‘Once Upon a Time…’ reinterprets this iconic piece of furniture through colour and design.
“Once upon a time …” is a special limited edition of 8 pieces. Each ‘Once Upon a Time …’ cabinet can be personalized with the name of the collector.
Vista Alegre’s new collections include new models of an innovative lamp. The coloured cut glass ‘Abissal’ lamps evoke the shape of beings that inhabit the depths of the oceans, and their powerful yet poetic luminosity.
To create ‘Cupola’ Jo Sampson was inspired by renaissance domes, and combined crystal and porcelain with beautiful results. ‘Urquino’ and ‘Ommati’ by Ross Lovegrove now appear in new versions, expanding the ‘E2H – Earth to Humanity’ rang
The complex doublé crystal technique requires painstaking work by the finest master glassmakers. On a layer of colourless crystal, a second layer of coloured crystal is applied, and then cut away, removing the exterior surface and creating decorative motifs on the transparent base. The result is one of rare beauty, turning practical pieces into outstanding decorative elements that delicately play with the light.
‘Única’ combines contemporary design with ancestral techniques for manually producing coloured glass and the purest crystal. This collection of crystal and glass art in vibrant colours is composed of pieces made without a mould. This allows for fluid and unrepeatable shapes to be to be included in the pieces. Vista Alegre’s artisans, combined their skill with contemporary design to hand blow and mould these precious works of art with minimal use of instruments. This collection is a beautiful testament to the unique alchemy involved in the brand’s glass craftsmanship.
MY RARE SPIRITS
As the name suggests, this sophisticated collection is intended for very special spirits. The collection is made up of three decanters and a crystal glass goblet. Each decanter was designed to hold and serve the finest nectars from private collections, special vintages and exceptional acquisitions or gifts. The cutting, engraving and gilding of the glass characterise ‘My Rare Spirits’ as the ideal treasure chest.
Among Vista Alegre’s new offering of table and barware is the Ariete – a beautiful crystal decanter that has been elevated by gold and hand painted decoration.
This stunning piece is inspired by the mythological winged ram Aries, the head of which takes pride of place atop the bottle stopper. The fabled golden fleece can also been seen in the delicate decoration around the base of the bottle.
Neoclassicism was a style born in the 18th century that sought to re-establish balance, harmony and the simplicity of the Renaissance through exalting nature and all its elements. In this panoramic vision of an Arcadian scene, representatives of the animal kingdom gather to celebrate the New Year. Entering the classical circular temple are the Eurasian beaver and the tuatara. These animals symbolise Portugal and New Zealand – countries that are home to the Vista Alegre brand and the artist Helen M. Strevens that have been brought together in partnership despite being situated at opposite ends of the Globe.
Developed in partnership with EcoArts – an NGO that joins art, culture and ecology with the purpose of generating economic viability to keep the forest standing – Vista Alegre’s new Tableware and Home Decor collection blends design and environmental awareness. Fruit, plants, colours, textures, tools and legends serve as the inspiration for these porcelain, crystal, sandstone and earthenware creations. The stunning artwork decorating this collection is based on orignal 18th Century drawings by Portuguese naturalist Alexandre R. Ferreira.
Part of the revenues of this collection will be used to plant Amazonian fruit trees in cities, rural areas and indigenous villages.
To complement this tableware collection, Vista Alegre will also be launching coloured glasses and a decanter, as well as several home decor pieces from Bordallo Pinheiro and Casa Alegre.
The ribbed texture and the shape of these pieces are inspired by the buriti fruit – a native Brazilian palm tree and an important element of the local economy and imagery.
It’s rough and exotic bar is artistically and whimsically replicated in transparent or light-green glass, creating a refreshing set for any occasion.
HERBARIAE BY CHRISTIAN LACROIX
The subtle lines of ‘Herbariae’ collection were inspired by five flowers: the poppy, the narcissus, the lotus, the dahlia, and the thistle. Chosen for the power of their evocative but delicate beauty, they adorn each home decor piece of this collection.
Enclosed by stylised black margins, these images are drawn in the style of ancient herbariums and botanical works. The drawings stand out in their contrasting black and white, and are surrounded by softer colours such as pink, yellow, green and peacock-blue which evoke watercolour paintings.
The four boxes that make up this collection are inspired by the canopic jars used in Egyptian mummification rituals and symbolize endangered animals from the four major continents. The lid, in a shade named ‘white biscuit’, shows the purity of wildlife. The body, in ‘black biscuit’, is decorated with low reliefs of integrated circuits representing the negative action of Man and technology on all ecosystems. A tribute to biodiversity, ‘Endangered’ is part of Vista Alegre’s social responsibility project.
ABOUT VISTA ALEGRE
The porcelain factory Vista Alegre was established in 1824, in Ílhavo-Aveiro, Portugal. Over the years, the brand has always been closely associated with Portugal’s history and cultural life, acquiring a unique international reputation. In 2001, Grupo Vista Alegre (porcelain, faience and stoneware) merged with Grupo Atlantis (high quality handmade crystal and glass), creating one of the largest tableware and giftware groups in Europe: Grupo Vista Alegre Atlantis. In 2009, Grupo Vista Alegre Atlantis became part of the Grupo Visabeira company, following a public takeover bid of Vista Alegre Atlantis shares.
Vista Alegre has been awarded top international design awards such as Red Dot, Wallpaper*, German Design Awards and Good Design Award, thereby demonstrating year after year its capacity of reinventing itself as one of the leading firms worldwide. In 2018, the brand was honoured with a total of twenty-eight design awards and distinctions including sixteen 2019 German Design Awards in which Vista Alegre was given five award wins, five special mentions and six nominations. Among other awards, the brand has also been the recipient of three 2018 European Product Design awards, three 2018 Good Design awards, three Iconic awards and a 2019 Red Dot Design Award. Each award-winning or nominated piece presents its own artistic conception, yet all of them are characterised by the elegance and savoir-faire of the Portuguese firm. Vista Alegre thus makes a continuous commitment in projects of artistic collaboration with the creative ones all around the world.
Contemporary design artists within the spheres of painting, sculpture, architecture and literature have lent their talent to many creations with the brand. Jaime Hayon, Ross Lovegrove, Marcel Wanders, Sam Baron, Coline le Corre, Sempé, Siza Vieira, Joana Vasconcelos, Patrick Norguet, Karim Rashid,
Brunno Jahara, Carsten Gollnick, Oscar de la Renta, Pineda Covalin and the French Fashion House Christian Lacroix are some of the many artists who have collaborated with Vista Alegre.
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