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When the finest craftsmanship and the best of contemporary design hold hands, breathtaking art pieces like Once Upon a Time are born. Brought to life from the merging of the iconic Pixel cabinet by Boca do Lobo and the delicate hand painted porcelain by the renowned Vista Alegre, the exquisite bar cabinet Limited Edition truly seems to come from a dream or a fairytale. A collectible design limited to eight pieces that celebrates the beginning of Vista Alegre’s path in the furniture field. Each work of art can be customized with the future collector’s name.

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Inspired by the oriental vibe, there’s nothing more authentic in Asian art than porcelain. Once Open a Time is a cabinet crafted with precious floral and colorful details, a garden full of Paeonia flowers, where two mythic Chinese birds live. These sacred birds, known as Chinese phoenixes, represent the masculine and the feminine side of a soul and are painted in shades of blue, pink, yellow and green. Inside, the cabinet is coated with blue suede and mirror. A remarkable masterpiece is fully hand painted and it took 500 hours of hard work by the most talented master artisans.

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Unlike most contemporary design whose only innovation is a modern twist on a dated idea, the Pixel Bar Cabinet does exactly the opposite, using a variety of traditional production techniques to craft an avant-garde furniture piece that’s elegant, joyful and a perfect match for the digital age. Yet this time a new story has been written by master artisans who love new challenges and never cease to improve. That’s where Vista Alegre’s extremely detailed hand painted porcelain comes in and certainly elevates the one of a kind piece.

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Full of pride and joy standing in front of this marvelous handcrafted artwork, Nuno Barra, Vista Alegre’s marketing director said: “[Today we begin our journey in the furniture field. Exclusive designs, limited pieces, but all of them incorporating hand painted porcelain and/or crystal. This will always be a small niche inside Vista Alegre and a more exclusive one than usual, thanks to its limited editions. Boca do Lobo helped us to give our first steps in the furniture world, that’s why we decided to choose one of its exclusive designs, the Pixel Cabinet, but giving it a twist with Vista Alegre’s vision. Once Upon a Time is all hand painted and took around 500 hours of hard work by the most talented master artisans]”.

To Marco Costa, CEO and creative director of Boca do Lobo,: “[This collaboration grew naturally, since Boca do Lobo and Vista Alegre share the same mission – to elevate Portuguese design and create a long lasting and bright future to ancient craftsmanship techniques]”.

Together, these two successful, creative and innovative Portuguese brands recreated history, conceiving the finest handcrafted functional art with an essential artistic value, filled with authenticity and legacy.

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Since 2005, Boca do Lobo specialized itself in exquisite, sophisticated furniture design where it makes ancient techniques like filigree shine. Master artisans, the makers, have a central role in the creation of the designs. Despite having its nest on Gondomar, a small town near Porto, Boca do Lobo makes a stand in international art exhibitions, showcases and fairs and its value is recognized worldwide. Vista Alegre was founded in 1824 and is one of the most ancient porcelain productions in the Iberian Peninsula. It is based in Ílhavo but it is also an international reference – it even created a collection with Christian Lacroix.

The future seems bright to both projects that are now trying to captivate new talents into design, plastic arts and craftsmanship, proving that everything is possible with skill, knowledge and determination.

There is nothing more honorable than recognizing how precious the detailed, dedicated and precise work of the creative hands and minds is. It is thanks to the alliance of thinkers and makers that design and art miracles like this truly can happen.

 

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