off portugal's glass cares experimental workshop showcased at the london design fair

off portugal's glass cares experimental workshop showcased at the london design fair


an initiative of the ‘off portugal’ project — whose aim is to support young portuguese designers — ‘glass cares’ is a showcase of ten experimental glass pieces made by ten independent designers. it will showcase in london this september as part of the ‘inspiring portugal’ design pavilion at the london design fair. at a two day workshop residency in marinha grande, a region known for its glass-blowing tradition, each designer worked with experienced local craftsmen to create a distinct glass piece.

london design fair’s 2017_offportugal exhibition



the full list of products and designers are:


luís nascimento: tube is a table lamp that explores the organic forms that emerge from blowing glass without a mould.

paulo sellmayer: the piece mixes the transparency of the glass with the opaqueness of the white shade into a vase that always appears to be full.

joana silva with cláudio garéu: cor cor explores the overlay glass blowing technique purposely showing the many coloured layers of the resulting object.

vítor agostinho: poliedro#56 is the result of an experimental approach to moulding that allows different shapes to emerge from a single mould.

diana medina: ‘pineless’ results from an experiment with plaster moulds in which the original models were pine cones.


paulo sellmayer’s ‘white full’



jorge carreira: prisão prisão is the result of using a steel structure to limit the expansion of the glass.

manuel amaral netto: ‘ two tubes and a wall’ explores the potential of glueing different shapes of glass as the process unfolds.

eneida tavares: savana is set of vases that mimic headless animals with feet.

samuel reis: using a tree trunk as the mould, each piece is adorned with a unique finish resulting from the contact of the hot liquid glass with the wood.

o joão e a maria: a glass and bottle set that plays with colours that create new shades when overlapping.

samuel reis’s cerne



in its second outing at london design fair, ‘off portugal‘ will celebrate a new generation of portuguese designers. curated by lisbon-based designer marco sousa santos — a leading protagonist of contemporary portuguese design — inspiring portugal spotlights the country’s ‘new blood’ in a stirring and fresh exhibition entitled ‘RAW’.

diana medina’s ‘pineless’

eneida tavares’s ‘savana’

off portugal’s group# 2

joana silva’s ‘cor’

jorge carreira’s ‘prisao’

luís nascimento’s ‘tube’

manuel amaral netto’s ‘two tubes and a wall’

o joao e a maria’s ‘CMYK’

víitor agostinho’s ‘poliedro#56’



designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.


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