The Design & Craftsmanship Foundation, the most recent Portuguese institution to honour and promote the excellence of craftsmanship, is proud to announce the participation at the Homo Faber event, the first major cultural exhibition dedicated to European craftsmanship, organized by Michelangelo Foundation, a Swiss-based entity, next 14-30 September in Venice, at Fondazione Giorgio Cini. Luxury Safes is here to present you two of the pieces present at this design event by the luxury brand Boca do Lobo.

European Craftsmanship Gets a Boost at Homo Faber in Venice

A lot of high-end brands will attend the show but we are here today to speak about portuguese culture and its representation at this event. Two curated pieces will be representing the best of the country’s legacy: the filigree delicate jewelry technique with the Filigree mirror, and the renowned hand painted tiles, called “azulejos”, with the contemporary piece Heritage sideboard. Both pieces, from the Limited Collection by Boca do Lobo, will be exhibited at the space Best of European Craftsmanship, at Sala degli Arazzi, where visitors would be able to wandering through exquisite objects specifically sourced for the event and observe the skill of master artisans in real time and at close quarters.

European Craftsmanship Gets a Boost at Homo Faber in Venice

Filigree Mirror by Boca do Lobo

The Filigree Mirror resorts to one of the oldest jewellery making techniques known. Completely hand crafted, with each brass cord fitted with precision, the Filigree Mirror flourishes in a shape traditional to Portuguese culture and art. A true work of art, this luxurious mirror plays tribute to Boca do Lobo’s core values heritage and craftsmanship.

The Filigree mirror’s structure is made from brass cords, gilded in 18k gold. It features a brass sheet which is hand hammered to achieve its concave shape.

European Craftsmanship Gets a Boost at Homo Faber in Venice

European Craftsmanship Gets a Boost at Homo Faber in Venice

European Craftsmanship Gets a Boost at Homo Faber in Venice

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A jewelry technique used to solder tiny beads and twisted threads.

Filigree is the most delicate technique used to work precious metals, usually of gold and silver. It is an age old and detailed jewelry expression in which skilled artisans painstakingly solder tiny beads and twisted threads to create striking artistic motifs, suggesting often an exquisite and intricate lace-like patterns.


Rui is a natural-born artisan, proving 16 Years of jewelry design making, today mastering several jewelry techniques, predominantly the delicate filigree. Trained in the North of Portugal, his art represents a fine narrative in a new generation of artists. The quest of expressing a personal artistic path, as well as to honour its country history and traditions. Rui emphasizes it’s creative expression and design has the most essential to lead to Fine Art. An artisan driving high value to its jewelry concepts, perceived has equivalent to the preciousness of its materials.

Heritage Sideboard by Boca do Lobo

Hand-painted-tiles have gained a privileged place in architecture throughout the centuries. Portugal has adopted them like no other country has and in order to honor the Portuguese hand painted tiles, Boca do Lobo created Heritage Sideboard. This piece presents a different number of layers, where each one tells a different story.

A sideboard lined with hand painted tiles. In its interior there is one door and four drawers fully lined with gold leaf. Contains two shelves made in bronze glass.

European Craftsmanship Gets a Boost at Homo Faber in Venice


ART & CRAFT: AZULEJARIA – Hand Painted Tiles

Being one of the most representative art forms of the Portuguese culture, the hand painted tiles reflect a tradition with hundreds of years, and it often portray scenes from our history or its fabulous sights. The majority of tiles are decorated with glazed colorful designs showing Moorish motifs which have curvilinear, lacelike and looping designs, or even have geometric or floral schemes.

European Craftsmanship Gets a Boost at Homo Faber in Venice


Painter of tiles since 1985, he was trained in the section of panels of the renowned Ceramics House Aleluia, in Aveiro, Portugal. He is considered today one of the most highly specialized painter, having reached the leading position until its departure in 1996. At that time, it decided to create its own atelier, maintaining the quality standards of the traditional Portuguese tile, innovating and creating new aesthetic concepts.

European Craftsmanship Gets a Boost at Homo Faber in Venice

Homo Faber is fuelled by an ardent belief in the power and value of real human engagement. As such, the exhibition is intended as an immersive experience – visitors will be able to speak to artisans, virtually enter the ateliers of the masters, observe conservators at work and truly immerse themselves in the world of fine craftsmanship, a world that relies on connection: connecting the hand, head and heart to create authentic works of lasting value.

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