The Renowned Portuguese Luxury Furniture Brand, Boca do Lobo is one of the best brands when it comes to producing exclusive and innovative furniture, lighting and wall mirror designs. The brand has recently launched the first edition of Legacy, Boca do Lobo’s design and craftsmanship magazine. The testimony is for design professionals and enthusiasts who want to know Boca do Lobo’s challenges and motivation.
This design magazine pays tribute to all the manual arts that have been struggling not to disappear through the years. By publishing its revelations, the brand wanted to highlight its importance and develop the brand’s legacy to this cultural richness.
Boca do Lobo wanted it to be entertaining and to have an informative character, at times contrasted, but above all useful. Inside, you’ll find a mixture of descriptions, behind-the-scenes pictures, features and testimonies, as well as a wide range of inspirations. The brand hopes that, through this magazine, you’ll get to meet the soul of all the people that work in the daily construction of the brand, because once you’ve done that you have really met the soul of Boca do Lobo.
Boca do Lobo was born naturally, without any strain, without any obligation. It was born as a need and desire at the same time. As a need to represent what no one until the beginning of 2005 had come to do: to duly represent Portugal’s talents and crafts and, as a desire, to create a brand that would endure and flourish through the years into something quite different from the rest.
Amândio Pereira and Ricardo Magalhães, the two design students who absorbed experience and inspiration from the capital of design and fashion, Milan, returned home with a clear objective: they would create a design brand able to break the norms of conventional luxury and find a way to celebrate the use of artisanal techniques by paying a tribute to all the Portuguese heritage and culture.
These were the early beginnings of a brand which, years later, would be distinguished as a brand with a unique design concept, courageous to experiment and too stubborn to give up. The first product and the first collection of Boca do Lobo was Soho. Although it seems quite timid and simple compared to today’s collections, it created a reaction when it was introduced for the first time. A reaction strong enough to include Boca do Lobo in the world of luxury furniture with a unique design.
The head of the wolf defines Boca do Lobo. From a folkloric and mythological background, the wolf has a decisive role in every narrative of native culture linked with courage, strength, loyalty and success at hunting.
“The history of Boca do Lobo is reborn repeatedly, marking each year with a new inspiration, a new challenge, but with the same objective and passion. The restoration of the antique arts of manual work, honouring the art of hand painted tiles, marquetry, joinery, upholstery and metalwork.”
The collections that followed – Coolors, Limited Edition, Private – show emotionally, but also rationally, the evolution of the luxury brand, its maturity to the utmost control of the unexpected. If we symbolically compare the alpha wolf with the leading person (from an ideological and aesthetic perspective) of Boca do Lobo, the latter is Marco Costa.
Marco Costa is responsible for creating the most iconic and important brand products. He believes that the world is a place to be discovered and enjoyed rather than feared, embracing challenges with the ultimate objective to design and deliver products that would delight the public. This perspective, apparently optimistic but deeply audacious, has its roots in all the brand’s physiognomy.
Iconic pieces such as the Pixel Cabinet, Diamond Sideboard, Fortuna Dining Table, Venice Mirror and more go beyond the furniture and its primary function, pushing the object to new levels, blurring the boundaries that would separate functionality with art. Most of the techniques and finishes used by Boca do Lobo throughout the entire production processes are completely artistical and technical “inventions” of the designers.
There is no secret recipe for success, much less for creativity. Everything is taught, gained or improved through practice and experience. Nothing disappears, everything is rooted in the unconscious, to be displayed unexpectedly through the course of a lifetime. When “married” to a so-called creative mind, this inherent ability of human nature naturally generates the steps to the creative process. From the conjunction of the conscious and unconscious to the co-living of the past and present, Boca do Lobo created the so-called “10 Creative Steps of the Brand”, to find more about these magical steps, Download Here the magazine.
CREATE. DESIGN. INSPIRE.
Designing for Boca do Lobo is every designer dream. It’s an inspiring way to create and tell unique stories. The complexity of the detail, the strong features, the classic heritage and the audacity that every piece can take is mind-blowing. It seems that there’s no limit, and to create pieces made to fill up a room… There’s no better recipe.
“I try to recreate and reinterpret each piece, each story, I wanted to continue these design narratives but through my vision. Although Boca do Lobo has a strong identity and a defined style, the ambition of any designer is to leave their personal signature in this brand. I think that it is the richness of design. Boca do Lobo’s success comes from the knowledge from our ancestor, but seen in a contemporary way throughout different eyes and hands”. – Marco Costa.
The fascination in creating the unexpected and defying the boundaries between art and design is what inspires the brand. It’s the strong DNA of the brand that fascinates and conquers the public. Boca do Lobo stays true to its values, the respect for its past and excitement for a bright and challenging future is what motivates the brand. Its culture, the talent of its daring designers, the tradition of working with noble materials, the wisdom of its artisans and the love and dedication of its team keeps pushing the brand always for a better self.
The reinterpretation of the past with a contemporary touch is part of the core values and aesthetic of Boca do Lobo, combining good design with exceptional production skills. The richness and variety of our cultural heritage with centuries of history, the Portuguese legacy couldn’t be more fertile to the designer’s inspiration.
BEHIND THE SCENES – PIECES WITH A STORY
Boca do Lobo is continuously reinventing itself, they come up with new concepts, designs, materials and exclusive pieces that have been inspiring and “shake” the design industry. In conclusion, Wall Mirrors leaves you with an exclusive behind the scene images of how the narrative of this designs starts, you can find all the brands products right HERE.
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