Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015!

The year 2014 was really special, both on a personal level, as here in O Editorial. In addition to the confirmation that the collaborations launched in the previous year were a success, we introduced new products, selected especially for our store. However, the highlight of this field was the launch of the O Editorial bicycle together with the Velo Culture, using a beautiful frame made and painting in Portugal and high quality components.
In addition, we launched an advisory service, in which we're dedicated to produce the best content for brands with which we identify.
For 2015, we will continue to present local and international projects that we admire the most, as well as exploring new products and collaborations to our store. We wish you a great 2015!

And because last year was also an excellent year in terms of posts, here are 12 portuguese projects and products that inspired us in 2014 and that weren't published in O Editorial:
- The new Yara sunglasses by Paulino Spectacles for the original design...
- The beautiful book covers by publisher Orfeu Negro...
- The functional wooden bar Mister by Wewood...
- The magnificent work of Cristiana Couceiro...
- The original lamps by Orikomi...
- The appealling low table Times 4 designed by Gonçalo Campos for Polit...
- The revival of 12 as an elegant men's magazine...
- The excellent debut album of Sequin, a solo project by Ana Miró...
- The timeless Barney sneakers by Bernardo M42...
- The Ulnar gloves, a collaboration between Newfangle and Dream Wheels...
- The new collection Love Who You Want, designed by Christian Lacroix for Vista Alegre...
- And the simplicity of Roda chair by Branca Lisboa.

Essay #02 - Portuguese Design 2014

It's a common place saying that the crisis is the mother of invention, but 2013 was a great year in terms of appearance (and establishment) of portuguese projects in different areas such as viniculture, music or style, just look at brands like Ideal & Co, Paulino Spectacles or La Paz. However, and despite our tradition in the area, furniture making always has been the poor relative in the creation of new and exciting projects in Portugal. Despite many international brands producing in Portugal and the innovative De La Espada (co-founded by a portuguese) having a factory in the Silver Coast, near Porto, to this date there isn't a portuguese brand that has shown our true capacity to make quality furniture. Examples like Wewood, Branca Lisboa or Boa Safra prove that we're closer to achieve what small/medium size brands do in nordic countries and United Kingdom, however the lack of attention to detail and collection coherence or the choice of designers with a poor aesthetic culture, always falls short.
In recent weeks, talking with two designers, each one a creative director of a portuguese furniture brand, both told me that's difficult to manage the creative side of business in the middle of the daily management of a production unit, the market pressures and the attempt to mold the talent of craftsmen to new aesthetic needs. However, like other business areas have proved, the potential of Portugal is immense, but we've to look at it with international eyes. Beyond the pieces quality and details (that are very important), portuguese brands have to bet (and take more attention) to product photography, to designers (a selection of the best in Portugal and a new wave of international talent would be the perfect recipe) and acknowledge the value of craftsmen. The De La Espada factory video was directed by Juriaan Booij.

Shopping: Portuguese Design

Portugal pode não ter tradição no campo do design como a Dinamarca, Itália ou Reino Unido, no entanto a qualidade da produção nacional tem aumentado a olhos vistos. Do design de mobiliário e acessórios, passando pelos livros, O Editorial deixa aqui uma selecção de peças favoritas.

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Shopping: Príncipe Real

This post is only available in portuguese.Sendo um dos meus bairros preferidos, o Príncipe Real continua a ser uma das melhores zonas para fazer compras em Lisboa. Para além do Espaço B, Moy, Fabrico Infinito, Lost In e Claudio Corallo, o bairro lisboeta conta agora com novos locais como a BCT, que apresenta uma interessante selecção de produtos portugueses e internacionais, a Lisbon Lovers, dedicada a merchandising de Lisboa, ou a Barbour, repleta de clássicos britânicos. Percorri o Príncipe Real no último Sábado de manhã, e deixo aqui uma selecção dos produtos que mais me chamaram a atenção: 1. Cadeira R&B da Branca Lisboa na BCT 2. Almofada Fire da Kvadrat na BCT 3. Livro The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker na Fabrico Infinito 4. Linha The Whistler da Alma Gémea na BCT 5. Chocolates na Claudio Corallo 6. Tapete Pixel da Piodão na BCT 7. Chá Prince Vladimir da Kusmi Tea na Moy 8. Caneca Antenas na Lisbon Lovers 9. Mala Fenton na Barbour 10. Auscultadores da Aiaiai na BCT 11. Bicicleta da Urbanista na BCT 12. Peças decorativas Clouds da Kvadrat na BCT