I still remember, a few years ago, when the architects Tamara and Valerio Olgiati acquired (in Paris-Sete, with whom I collaborated over a decade) the beautiful Open chairs, designed by James Irvine, for a house they were building in Alentejo.Read More
On several occasions we have mentioned the Alentejo as one of our favorite destinations, in particular the Comporta area, where is also located the house of our friends and customers of Casa da Comporta. Having been suggested to us by Welcome Beyond, a great website where you can find some of the most beautiful vacation houses and hotels internationally, Alentejo Beach House is one more proof that the coast of Alentejo is one of the best kept treasures in southern Europe due to its mild climate, quality beaches and proximity to nature.Read More
Recently was brought to our attention, through Adaism, the new project of the Portuguese director Cláudia Varejão. Having exhibited last year at Fundação Oriente the photographic side of the documentary Ama San, the 2016 film - presented in the last few days at the Visions du Réel festival - is an unique documentary piece for its aesthetic and poetic value, as well as the ethnographic and social study.Read More
The phrase 'to have less, but better' has guided us in recent years, not only with the collaborations of O Editorial or the newly launched Cabana Shop (co-founded together with Abram a Boca e Fechem os Olhos) but also in our consumer choices. Culminating in the publication of an article for Doze magazine about the revival of denim, my search for the best jeans led me to find brands internationally who are doing a remarkable job in terms of this iconic garment.
More recently, through Port Corner store, I found some jeans by Norwegian brand Livid and after some research, I found that they gathered the best both worlds, using the best selvedge denim and producing its collection in Europe, particularly in Trondheim and Barcelos, Portugal.
Intending on making jeans as in the old days, the founders of Livid left nothing to chance, from the manufacturing, attention to detail and use of quality denim, coming from Japan and the United States, from renown mills as Kuroki, Kurabo, Nihon Menpu, Maruwa and Cone Mills.
One of our favorite models from Livid is the Jakob Slim (that we recently acquired), produced in a small family-owned factory in Portugal with 15.5 oz rigid selvedge denim from Kuroki. Resistant and ready for a long life of use, jeans as the Jakob Slim demonstrate the difference between the most common pieces developed by the well-known names in the market and small brands like Livid, who transport us in time through their quality and authenticity .
“Livid Jeans is a small manufacturing company from Norway, created from a simple love and passion for superior quality and true craftsmanship. Dedicated to honor old traditions in making jeans, and inspired by a time when superior quality, supporting local trade and taking care of own garments mattered.”
It is always with great pride that we write about De La Espada, as a furniture brand with an international dimension with a Portuguese heart. As always, the brand with a factory in Portugal showed their latest novelties in an exemplary manner, this time through a brilliant photo shoot at Casa da Escrita in Coimbra, rehabilitated in 2010 by architect João Mendes Ribeiro. Taking advantage of the soul, materiality, natural light and architecture of this historic place, De La Espada presented all its collections individually through the eyes of talented Japanese photographer Yuki Sugiura. Located near the De La Espada factory, Casa da Escrita was the perfect setting - because of its timelessness and for sharing the simplicity and quality of materials with De La Espada - for the beautiful pieces designed by Neri & Hu, Luca Nichetto, Matthew Hilton, Ilse Crawford and Autoban. From the geometric Shaker range by Neri & Hu in American walnut, the revivalist Harold desk and the elegant Stanley sofa by Nichetto, the art deco inspired Union by Autoban duo, De La Espada showed once again that its focus on developing brands with international designers, the focus on quality materials and the Portuguese craftsmen experience was undoubtedly the way to success.
After having developed a successful collaboration with Ideal & Co, we launched through Cabana (our current online shop and of which O Editorial is co-founder with Abram a Boca e Fechem os Olhos) a new collaboration with the Portuguese brand. Ideal & Co is truly special for its beautiful collection of bags and accessories, as well as promoting local handcraft and quality materials. As such, when we thought about developing a collaboration that reflects the type of piece that we use every day, our friends at Ideal & Co were on the top of the list.
This tote produced in selvedge canvas - weaved in exclusive for Ideal & Co on old looms - and vegetable tanned leather - chromium-free - is just perfect for everything you can think of, whether going to work, travelling, a visit to the market or do a picnic.
Quite robust, with space for everything (with three small compartments inside and one on the side with zip) and with elegant handles and details in leather, the Ideal & Co x Cabana tote bag is a piece to use and abuse, which will surely last a life time!
We are delighted to announce that the first Cabana pop-up store will open on December 2 in O Apartmento. At one of the most dynamic spaces in Lisbon, Cabana will physically present its concept based on quality and products with timeless beauty, coming from Portugal and beyond. In a wooden hut designed by Gonçalo Prudêncio (we’ll tell the story later), all pieces available online will be at hand, ready to be seen, touched and maybe find a new home. Be sure to visit the pop-up store, give a chat with us or with our friends of O Apartmento and take the chance to make very special Christmas shopping!
Cabana x O Apartamento
Av. Duque de Loulé 1 – 5Dtº
Day 02.12 – Wednesday – from 2pm to 7pm
Day 03.12 – Thrusday – from 2pm to 7pm
Day 04.12 – Friday – from 2pm to 7pm
Day 05.12 – Saturday – from 2pm to 7pm
Day 06.12 – Sunday – from 2pm to 7pm
From the beginning that we love Barrocal for the ambition, beautiful aesthetics and for promoting one of the most beautiful regions in Portugal, Alentejo. We have followed the entire path of Barrocal since the creation of the first website, with interviews with architects Souto Moura and John Pawson - authors of the residences that will be built on the property - the launch of the book and Barrocal wines, but now the project has taken an important step with its opening to the public through the new hotel, spa and restaurant.
Led by José Uva, Barrocal aims to become a point of reference and discovery of this Alentejo area and certainly will be for the beauty of the property and the new renovated spaces. A general project of architect Souto de Moura and the interiors designed by Anahory Almeida atelier, the hotel is a magnificent exercise in simplicity, a modernized compliment to the vernacular architecture and local products. Decorated with portuguese vintage furniture, natural materials, Arraiolos carpets and industrial lighting, the hotel is perfectly adapted to the serenity of the surrounding landscape, inviting to long hours of relaxation and observation of the Alentejo plains.
In addition to the hotel, the restaurant and spa are also points of obligatory passage in Barrocal. While in the first the organic local products play a key role through a philosophy of farm to table, the spa treatments are left to the natural products of Susanne Kaufmann, where you can enjoy the sauna and hydrotherapy room. You can still have picnics, wine tastings, hiking and biking around the Alqueva and visit the beautiful village of Monsaraz or Évora. Meanwhile peek the new website, is an excellent appetizer. We can not wait to visit Barrocal!
“In the same family for over 200 years the estate has its heart at the monte, an ancient small farming village, that has been brought back to the rhythms of rural daily life as a remarkable hotel of understated luxury, set amidst ancient oaks, olive groves and vineyards. Here, the feeling of being at home is intimately connected with the sense of belonging to the vastness of the land.”
This is a project that was born of my passion and Marta (my wife and partner in ‘crime’) and that materialized after many months planning, choosing unique products and develop collaborations with our favorite brands. Cabana opens online now (in the Portuguese version and later the international one) and very soon will have its first pop-up store in Lisbon! This is a space for sharing beautiful things, a curatorship of timeless and enduring objects to make our daily lives happier, we expect you to fall in love like us and also follow the Cabana blog, which will have a mix of news, recipes, interviews, inspirations and much, much more! In O Editorial homepage, you can also find a selection of the Cabana products.
“Welcome to Cabana, to our cabana that is also yours. This is a shop with beautiful things from Portugal and beyond, where the doors are always open, because the idea is just that: enter, get close to see the details and take your time. We love functional objects with a timeless design, things that bring beauty to our everyday lives and make every moment special. We believe that it is better to have less, but better things, investing in pieces that can pass from generation to generation.
We want you to fall in love with each product as we fell in love, because they were all handpicked for their quality and attention to detail. Cabana is ours, but we did it for you!”