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The hugely popular graphic design exhibition is being extended until January 3, 2010, at the Berardo Collection Museum. It is unquestionably one of the foremost graphic design shows in Portugal in recent years and a must-see for design aficionados and neophytes alike!

See Quick, Quick, Slow through the eyes of a reputed theorist and join the upcoming EXPERT GUIDED TOUR, on Saturday, December 5, 11 am. Led by José Bártolo, a lecturer at Arts and Design school ESAD Matosinhos and the Faculty of Architecture of Oporto University, independent curator and published author, this tour will afford an in-depth, personal look at the exhibition’s contents and curatorial discourse.

Bookings and info




Don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit this visually enticing, alternative history of graphic design of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Abstract films, Dadaist book covers, propaganda posters, Futurist magazines, screensavers, music videoclips and much, much more.

Daily at Museu Colecção Berardo until 29 November ‘09.
If you are looking for a more indepth look, sign on to our guided tours.
Visiting with kids? Check out the Family workshops on weekends!

More info on Quick, Quick, Slow



Finally, the long awaited Treehouse Hotel in Jardim da Estrela opened its doors to the public on 25 October.


This experimental architecture and design project questions the universal processes of creating cities and architecture vis a vis universal values of human life, making its visitors reflect on urban evolution. In tree houses we find memories, new thoughts and, through our imagination, we place ourselves as observers, outside the world we live in. That is the only way we can be critical and arrive at new levels of discovery and other platforms of understanding.







Go see it - and stay a night if you dare… Visit the Blog for Bookings.


Following the “Gosta de ti” national campaign, where people were encouraged to hand over old and used items in exchange for a can of Coca Cola Light for the purpose of “rejuvenated design products” by established Portuguese designers, a workshop was held on 22 October at the Lounging Space for first year design students.

The Workshop was organised by EXD and coordinated by designers, Hugo Tornelo, Susana Antonio and Pedro Sottomayor. Based on the “Gosta de ti” exhibition at the Lounging Space, 35 students from product design, fashion design, interior design and communication design were invited to work on recycling a range of objects from clothing items to bags and boxes. Items were selected from the impressive “Gosta de ti” country wide collection.




The first part of the workshop was a briefing session of the Coca Cola Light brand and the second part involved the development of the proposals. The importance of design and recycling resonated throughout the workshop session. Notable points for young designers.




Le Coq Tuguese is an exhibition of creative work that aims to promote emergent Portuguese talent and established professionals, establishing a communication platform for the exchange of information and learning experiences. Nutkase, Napron.Love and Caffeine believe in Portuguese art and design. They believe in themselves. With this event, they want to stimulate, acknowledge and support young Portuguese design practitioners.



Nutkase, Napron.Love & Caffeine

Mercado da Ribeira, Av. 24 de Julho, Top Floor

Opening: 30 October, 8pm

Exhibition on until 1 November

Friday: 7pm - 1am, Saturday: 3pm - 1am





Miguel Rios Design at Galeria Filomena Soares on Rua da Manutençao, nø 80 (Xabregas)


The Opening on 29 October starts at 9:30pm

The Exhibition runs until 7 November - Tuesday to Saturday 10am -  8pm


On until 8 November (In)Visible Time at the IPA - Rua da Boavista, 67 - Armazem 3


By Anywhere Door and co-produced by the IPA, this exhibition gathers different Japanese contemporary architecture projects and intends to show the whole process, from the first sketch to the end result. It seeks to demonstrate how an exhibition about architecture can also reflect upon other intrinsically connected themes. (In)Visible Time shows different generations of Japanese architects with different ways of thinking, solving problems and materialising their concepts and ideas. An array of projects that aims at describing forms and ways of experiencing different realities, shining a light on a distant culture.

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The Parallel Event by Pedro Campos Costa + Nuno Louro is on until 31 October at Espaço Avenida, Rua Rosa Araujo - Lisbon.


Duas Linhas (two lines) shows the different ways we inhabit the territory, its imbalances, mythical images, fantasies and desires. We want to make a sensorial portrait of the path, covering 715 kilometers from north to south, in both directions. We show these differences from the perspective of those travelling through the territory, accumulating sensations, images, smells and colours. A route of senses, a journal of architects looking for the territory’s time. This project intends to have a new critical approach to territory planning, through the creation of a document where these impressions will be recorded.



The long awaited Quick Quick Slow publication is now on sale for €25 - find a copy at -

1 - The Exhibition Venue - Berardo Museum in Belem
2 - EXD’09 Exhibition venues
3 - The EXD’09 Lounging Space




Offering an alternative history of graphic design in the 20th and 21st century, the publication is structured around the chronology and theme of the exhibition, with texts by the curator Emily King. It is illustrated with iconic images of Western visual culture, from FT Marinetti and Portugal Futurista magazine, to works that marked the last decades, such as Peter Saville, Paul Elliman, Edward Fella and Irma Boom.

Quick, Quick, Slow is a bespoke publication designed by Frith Kerr (Studio Frith) having created a new font for it, inspired by the graphic representation of movement and the passage of time.




Impress friends at dinner parties with your expert knowledge on design and creativity.

Don’t wander around the fabulous four exhibitions on your own… Get a guide. And tour the exhibition. Smarter!

Guide Group Tour of the Pace of Design Exhibition

Guide Group Tour of the Pace of Design Exhibition


• Bespoke itineraries and guided tours of the exhibitions by experts for adult audiences
• Visits and hands-on activities for youngsters and students
• Creative workshops on weekends for families
• Workshops and special tours for high school and university students
• Themed group discussions

For information on guided tours and bespoke itineraries, please contact EXD:
Tel. +351 915 080 587



EXD’09 invites you to party at the Lounging Space this Saturday night, 24 October from 10pm.

This week DJ Migues Sa will be hitting the decks… so dress up, rock up and shake it.


A great deal going on at the Lounging Space on Saturday and Sunday.

SCREENINGS of the EXD Open Talks & Conferences

Saturday - 17 October ‘09

5pm: Open Talks (EXD09) - PAOLA ANTONELLI

6pm: Conference (EXD’08 Amsterdam) - RENNY RAMMAKERS

7pm: Conference (EXD’09) - IDEO

Sunday - 18 October ‘09

5pm: Open Talks (EXD’08 Amsterdam) - FARID TABARKI

6pm: Conference (EXD’05) - PHILIPPE STARCK

7pm: Conference (EXD’09) - KONSTANTIN GRCIC


Don’t be lost wandering the EXD’09 Exhibitions on your own… Book a professional Guide.

Until 8 November, the Guided Tours to EXD’09 Exhibitions offer Biennale visitors a chance to engage in the content in a meaningful and insightful way. Those people interested in design - across the design spectrum should not miss the opportunity to be “shown around”.

Ideal for locals and tourists - groups and individuals.

Exhibition publications also available at the Exhibition venues.


Action for Age at the Lounging Space

Action for Age at the Lounging Space


SUNDAY - 18 October 2009 - 3-5pm

Lounging Space

The Challenge:

to Design new user-centered, meaningful services or solutions that improve the quality of life of the elderly.

Following an extensive, across the board reflection, Action for Age culminated in a pilot project implemented in Lisbon’s Graça borough, on September 2009. In light of this background of study and development, the current debate gives the public at large the opportunity to acquaint itself with the experiences and views that afford an in-depth look at the issues and concerns that surround the aging population. The session will begin with a general introduction followed by the brief presentation of the proposals by the Portuguese students. An informal discussion will take place next, addressing the scope and potential of service design in devising strategies and responses for the needs and expectations of senior citizens.

Ana Fatia, Ana Relvão, Anjoom Satar, Gonçalo Gomes, João Santos, Ricardo Roque (participating Portuguese students)
Ana Coimbra (psychologist)
Emília de Noronha (Head of the University for the Elderly)
Emília Milhano (Head of the Lisbon Social Security Nursing Home)
Maria Machado (researcher in the field of physical activity for the elderly)
Marta Leitão (Activities coordinator, Domus Vida project)
Rita Filipe (Portuguese coordinator, Action for Age)
Susana António (designer)

In addition to the debate, the Portuguese proposals for the Special Project are also featured in the exhibition Action for Age, at the Lounging Space until 8 November.



The winners of the International Competition for Ideas for a New Cycling Bridge in Lisbon were announced last night at the Lounging Space.

1st Prize - Telmo Cruz + Maximina Almeida (PT)

2nd Prize - Moxon Architects Limited (GB)

3rd Prize - Impromptu Arquitectos + Selahattin Tuysuz Architecture (PT)

Honourable Mention Studio Kawamuka Ganjavian (SP)

Honourable Mention Atelier do Cardoso (SP)

Special Mention Tiago Barros (PT)

The Competition drew an impressive 62 submissions from 14 countries including Portugal, Brazil, India, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Belgium, the United States, Tunisia, China, Spain, Jordan, Israel and Bangladesh.

Telmo Cruz + Maximina Almeida from Portugal will receive a cash prize of €10,000 and as well as the possibility to realise their project for the city of Lisbon with the Galp Energy Foundation.


This weekend is dedicated to Architecture and EXD’09 has an amazing programme planned for all architects, engineers and interested folks.

LECTURE by UK based Architect Amanda Levete (ex-Future Systems) and Specialist Engineer António Adão da Fonseca


VENUE: TEATRO CAMÕES (entrance is free and subject to room capacity)

TIME: 17:00 - 19:00


The Multipurpose Room of the Lounging Space will include a special programme of screenings of Lisbon and Amsterdam Conferences of past editions, dedicated to architecture.

3 October

13:00 Massimiliano Fuksas (EXD’05)

14:00 Eduardo Souto Moura (EXD’05)

15:00 Julien de Smedt (EXD’09)

4 October

17:00 OMA - Office for Metropolitan Architecture (EXD’08 Amsterdam)

18:00 Alvaro Siza Vieira (EXD’08 Amsterdam)

19:00 Alejandro Aravena (EXD’09)


The winners and shortlist of the International Competition for Ideas for a new Cycling Bridge in Lisbon will be announced and exhibited on Sunday, 4 October

VENUE: Lounging Space - Palacio Braamcamp

TIME: 22:00

for details CLICK HERE


The jam-packed schedule for October kicks off with Creative Day at the Lounging Space (1 October), where creative agents in the areas of architecture, sound design, light design, advertising, music, film and multimedia will present, perform, show-off.

EXD Creative Days will happen every Thursday thereafter (with the last one on 5 November 09)


The film series commences this week at Cinemateca (complete schedule available on the Cinemateca website)

2 OCTOBER - 21:30

Casting a Glance, James Benning, 2007, 80mins

Spiral Jetty, Robert Smithson, 1970, 32mins

Brittanica, John Latham, 1971, 6mins





Open Talks Day 1 with Filipe Homem Fonseca, Talk Host, Nuno Artur Silva and Pedro Gadanho


Lisbon Conference Venue - Teatro Camoes

Lisbon Conferences 1: Alejandro Aravena

Lisbon Conferences 1: Alejandro Aravena

Lisbon Conferences with Julien de Smedt

Lisbon Conferences with Julien de Smedt

Launch of the Jardim de Santos Special Project

Launch of the Jardim de Santos Special Project

Lounging Space Opening Party

Lounging Space Opening Party

Lounging Space party

Lounging Space party





Ikea Exhibition in the Lounging Space: Challenging Elitist Design - 6 collections through time 1995-2009


Yummy treats at the Ikea Exhibition Opening at the Lounging Space



Cultura Intensiva Parallel Event - top Floor of Lounging Space


Day 2 of Open Talks at Mercado Santa Clara with Nathan Reddy, Nkhensani Nkosi, Ravi Naidoo and Gaby de Abreu



Lisbon Conference - Emily King and Emily Campbell interview Peter Saville


Capacity audience at Day 2 of Lisbon Conference



Opening of Quick Quick Slow exhibition at the Museu Colecçao Berardo on 10 September


Quick Quick Slow exhibition curated by Emily King


EXD'09 Party hosted by the famous Lisbon nightclub LUX


LUX Party - Dirty Sound System and Pilooski played until the wee hours of Friday morning


Open Talks 3 with Host Paola Antonelli and guests Kevin Slavin, Oron Catts and Neri Oxman


Open Talks 3 Agent Provocateurs Luca Ballarini and Robert Stadler seated with EXD Director Guta Moura Guedes


Ideo boffs, Dario Buzzini and Leif Huff presenting at the Lisbon Conference Day 3


Michael Young regaling audiences at Lisbon Conference Day 3


EXD Director, Guta Moura Guedes with guests Stefano Casciani and Maria Cristina Didero


Timeless Exhibition opening at the Museu do Oriente


Open Talks venue, Mercado Santa Clara on Saturday - the day of Feira de Ladra



Alice Rawsthorn Open Talk with guests Joseph Grima, Ben Fry and Lindy Roy


Lisbon Conference - the final day saw Konstantin Grcic presenting about time and design production


Action for Age conference with Guta Moura Guedes (EXD), Emily Campbell (RSA) and Isabel Mota (Fundaçao Calouse Gulbenkian)


Action for Age Conference


Participants of the Special Project - Efeito D at the opening on Saturday, 12 September


Efeito D - Portuguese and International work on display at Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian


Dinner at Convent do Carmo


Special dinner hosted by the Mayor of Lisbon especially for EXD'09 guests


Opening of Lapse in Time Exhibition at Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes



JU87-G STUKA by Katharina Wahl and KANTIG by Katrin Sonnleitner, at the Lapse in Time exhibition


THE FLOATING LIGHT PROJECT by Eric Klarenbeek in collaboration with Escola Superior de Danca (Lapse in Time)

Exhibition visitors engaged with the OPEN SOURCE AMATEUR DIAGRAM by Jerszy Seymour at the Lapse in Time exhibition opening

Exhibition visitors engaged with the OPEN SOURCE AMATEUR DIAGRAM by Jerszy Seymour at the Lapse in Time exhibition opening


Opening of Pace of Design Exhibition at Antigo Picadeiro do Colegio dos Nobres - Museus da Politecnica


EXD'09 Opening Week Party


EXD'09 Team


EXD’09 presents Time Sequences -

18 & 19, 25 & 27 September at Museu Electricidade at 22:00

Idea and Text by Nuno Artur Silva

with Images and real-time drawing by Antonio Jorge Gonçalves

Music and Soundtrack - Armando Teixeira

Performances by Marco de Almeida, Sandra Celas and Rui Morrison


Visitors to EXD’09 are free to lounge at Palacio Braancamp, Patio do Tijolo, 25 for the duration of the Biennale.

Get information, tour the city on a Galp Energia bicycle, peruse the Parallel Events, buy a book, eat, drink and be merry!

See the Lounging Space programme for further information.

Images courtesy of Zahira Asmal.

















Opening Week has just concluded… visitors and veterans bore tired faces but were full of smiles and creative energy.  It isn’t all over yet. Exhibitions and Parallel Events are still on until November. Visit the EXD’09 website for the full Biennale programme.

Images courtesy of Zahira Asmal.

Liliana Albertazzi from Intramuros with Day 1 Conference speaker Alejandro Aravena at Palacio da Mitra

Liliana Albertazzi from Intramuros with Day 1 Conference speaker Alejandro Aravena at Palacio da Mitra

First day of the Lisbon Conferences at Teatro Camoes

First day of the Lisbon Conferences at Teatro Camoes

Alejandro Aravena presenting at the Lisbon Conference

Alejandro Aravena presenting at the Lisbon Conference

Paola Antonelli with TV3 Catalunya

Paola Antonelli interviewed by TV3 Catalunya

Tour of the Portuguese Pavilion organised by Ordem dos Arquitectos

Tour of the Portuguese Pavilion organised by Ordem dos Arquitectos


Ikea Exhibition at the Lounging Space - Challenging elitest design: 6 Collections through time 1995 - 2009

Ikea Exhibition at the Lounging Space - Challenging elitest design: 6 Collections through time 1995 - 2009

World 2.0 Open Talk with the South African contingent - Ravi Naidoo, Nathan Reddy, Gaby de Abreu and Nkhensani Nkosi

World 2.0 Open Talk with the South African contingent - Ravi Naidoo, Nathan Reddy, Gaby de Abreu and Nkhensani Nkosi

Press Chat with Peter Saville

Press Chat with Peter Saville at the Lounging Space

Curator, Emily King at the Press Preview of Quick Quick Slow

Curator, Emily King at the Press Preview of Quick Quick Slow at the CCB

A very well attended Press Preview of Quick Quick Slow. Obrigada CCB

A very well attended Press Preview of Quick Quick Slow. Obrigada CCB

Nathan Reddy and Aditya Dev Sood at the Lux Party

Nathan Reddy and Aditya Dev Sood at the Lux Party

World 2.0 partying at Lux on Thursday night

World 2.0 partying at Lux on Thursday night

EXD'09 guests navigating through the Biennale

EXD'09 guests navigating through the Biennale

Lux Party

Lux Party

Timeless India at the exhibition Opening

Timeless India at the exhibition Opening

Timeless South Africa - Spaza chair

Timeless South Africa - Spaza chair

Timeless India

Timeless India


Timeless India

Timeless India

Euronews filming Susana Soares at the Press Preview of the Lapse in Time exhibition

Euronews filming Susana Soares at the Press Preview of the Lapse in Time exhibition

Susana Soares preparing her project "Am I attractive?" for the Lapse in Time exhibition

Susana Soares preparing her project "Am I attractive?" for the Lapse in Time exhibition

Bellissimo's experimental Parallel Event - Cromotime

Bellissimo's experimental Parallel Event - Cromotime

Bellissimo's Luca Ballarini with Lisbon Conference speaker Michael Horsham of Tomato at Cromotime

Bellissimo's Luca Ballarini with Lisbon Conference speaker Michael Horsham of Tomato at Cromotime



Pace of Design exhibition participants Haldane Martin (left) and Aditya Dev Sood at lunch at Palacio da Mitra

Pace of Design exhibition participants Haldane Martin (left) and Aditya Dev Sood at lunch at Palacio da Mitra

Open Talk host, Alice Rawsthorn with Euronews

Open Talk host, Alice Rawsthorn interviewed by Euronews

Konstantin Grcic presenting at Lisbon Conference Day 4

Konstantin Grcic presenting at Lisbon Conference Day 4

Opening of Special Project Efeito D

Opening of Special Project Efeito D

Designer products at Efeito D at the Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian

Designer products at Efeito D at the Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian

Convento do Carmo - the spectacular venue for the EXD'09 dinner with the Mayor of Lisbon

Convento do Carmo - the spectacular venue for the EXD'09 dinner with the Mayor of Lisbon

Guests from India and Australia at the EXD'09 dinner

Guests from India and Australia at the EXD'09 dinner

Open Talk 5 with Delfim Sardo, Max Bruinsma (Items), Anniina Koivu (Abitare) and Walter Bettens (Damn Magazine)

Open Talk 5 with Delfim Sardo, Max Bruinsma (Items), Anniina Koivu (Abitare) and Walter Bettens (Damn Magazine)

Ed Annink with Hans Maier-Aichen at the last Open Talk at Mercado Santa Clara

Ed Annink with Hans Maier-Aichen at the last Open Talk at Mercado Santa Clara

Luanda: Anatomy of Speed debate with Guta Moura Guedes, Fernando Alvim and Jose Octavio Serra van Dunem at the Lounging Space

Luanda: Anatomy of Speed debate with Guta Moura Guedes, Fernando Alvim and Jose Octavio Serra van Dunem at the Lounging Space

Super Pecha Kucha at Museu Electricidade

Super Pecha Kucha at Museu Electricidade

Maxim Velcovsky at Pecha Kucha on Sunday night

Maxim Velcovsky at Pecha Kucha on Sunday night


Lisbon Conferences sold out for Opening Week.

Saturday - the last day of the conference features Konstantin Grcic and Giulio Cappellini

Starting at 3pm at Teatro Camoes.



EXD’09 BIENNALE starts today with an Opening Week schedule to exhaust endurance runners… be a part of the talks, presentations, debates, films, interviews, projections, exhibitions, openings, launches and many many parties.


These fun creative sessions will close the Opening Week at 7:30pm. SUPER PECHA KUCHA NIGHT LISBON features a stalwart cast of rock star designers so join the EXD’09 team at Museu da Electricidade on Sunday.



  1. Aditya Dev Sood
  2. Clemens Weisshaar
  3. Nacho Carbonell
  4. Eric Klarenbeek
  5. Studio Glithero
  6. Susana Soares
  7. David Reinfurt


  1. James Auger & Jimmy Loizeau
  2. Eva Engelbert
  3. Maxim Velcovsky
  4. Jerszy Seymour
  5. Jason Miller
  6. Jurgen Bey
  7. Ian Anderson



Lisbon Conference sales have reached the half way mark.  Be quick and book your seat to see ALEJANDRO, JULIEN, PETER, MICHAEL HORSHAM, MICHAEL YOUNG, DARIO, LEIF, KONSTANTIN AND GIULIO.

€7 each day or €20 for a 4-day pass.


Lisbon’s super club - LUX Fragil is the venue for the EXD’09 Party on Thursday night - 1o September. The line up is sure to get your booty on the dance floor.















For the 5th edition there will be 60 Parallel Events - over the Biennale programme. Taking place all over Lisbon, creative projects are taking over the city. Everyone’s joined in - from well established designers to up and coming first timers.



While the team is busy installing the Quick Quick Slow exhibition - we thought an introduction to the exhibition venue may be of interest to EXD’09 visitors - especially those from out of town.


One of the most highly regarded private contemporary art collections in Europe today, the Berardo Collection Museum is named after its founder, Portuguese businessman Joe Berardo. The Museum opened in 2006 and displays selections of its 862 works of art, in a rotation between the several themes that compose the collection. It occupies the exhibition centre of Centro Cultural de Belém.

Located in a symbolic area of the city, Centro Cultural de Belém was designed by the Italian architect Vittorio Gregotti in collaboration with the Portuguese architect Manuel Salgado and was built to house the Portuguese presidency of the European Union in 1992. Open to the public since 1993, the CCB is now a vast cultural centre with a seasonal programme of performing arts’ shows, lectures and educational activities. It features several facilities and is located in an architecture compound doted with gardens, lakes and immense public areas.


Simultaneous translations of the Conferences and Open Talks are available for all the PT locals.


Visitors to the Lounging Space in Palacio Braankamp will find their favourite magazines available on sale at the A+A Livraria Bookstore. Oh -  the Editors will be there too - find them at the bar enjoying a drink on the terrace overlooking lovely Lisboa.










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d(x)i is for FREE

designboom publications - seoul design essence, crystal vision, premio vico magistretti, a door to paradise


EXD has arranged to have trained tour guides available to visitors to all the Biennale exhibitions.

Here’s whats on offer -

• Visits and hands-on activities for youngsters
• Creative workshops on weekends for families
• Workshops and special tours for high school and university students
• Themed group discussions
• Bespoke itineraries and guided tours of the exhibitions by experts for adult audiences



T. +351 915 080 587
Guided tours and play-visits: 2€ p/person, all age groups
Creative workshops: 3€ to 10€ p/person


Meet the participants.




Meet the team.







Maki and Kajsa from Åbäke working at the Museum Oriente for the UK participation of the Timeless exhibition. Photographs courtesy of Production Manager, Pedro Sadio.




VENUE info:

Under the judicial protection of Fundação Oriente, the Museu do Oriente opened to the public in 2008, their mission being to bear witness to the Portuguese presence in Asia during five centuries, as well as other Asian cultures. The museum features two permanent exhibitions and several temporary exhibitions, performing arts’ shows, workshops, conferences and guided tours. The Museum is located in the Pedro Álvares Cabral building, a port construction from the beginning of the 40’s, used for the storage of salted cod fish. The rehabilitation project was undertaken by the architects João Luís Carrilho da Graça and Rui Francisco, which tried to cross the architectonical identity of the building and its new use. The museological project was designed by Carrilho da Graça and Nuno Gusmão (P-06 atelier). The building has a main body and two lower wings. The construction stands out due to the almost lack of windows owed to its initial function as a warehouse for perishable goods. The North façade, enriched with bas-relief executed by the sculptor Barata Feyo, contributes to make the Museu do Oriente one of the most representative buildings in Alcantara.


With only a week to go.. things are hotting up here at the EXD HQ as well as the venues of all EXD Exhibitions. In the Build Up Series - you will see the progression of each Exhibition. Here is Lapse in Time. Photographs courtesy of Production Manager - Celia Costa.





VENUE info:
The Sociedade Nacional de Belas-Artes (SNBA) was founded in 1901 with the goal of promoting the development of the arts and of national artists. Designed from scratch for the SNBA, the centenary headquarters’ building is a privileged space for artistic venues, one of the main guidelines of the SNBA’s mission. In 1965 the SNBA established the first Design course in Portugal. At the headquarters, alongside the teaching of artistic subjects, the Sociedade has also held several activities: exhibitions, lectures, conferences and the educational encouragement through art. It integrates a specialised library for researchers and students, which comprises a catalogue archive dated from the end of the 19th century and includes editions of the SNBA. These cover varied genres such as watercolor, photography (the first exhibitions in Portugal were organised by SNBA), as well as caricature and humoristic drawing.


With 2 weeks to go.. preparations are well under way for EXD’09/Lisboa. Maki Suzuki and Kajsa Stahl from Åbäke Studio are back in Lisbon making their mark for the UK participation in the Timeless exhibition.

























EXD’09 from EXD on Vimeo.


Bike Share EXD'09 Tour

Bike Share EXD'09 Tour

EXD welcomes all Biennale visitors to make use of the bicycles provided at the Lounging Space FOR FREE!

One and two seater bicycles will be made available on a daily basis for the duration of EXD’09/Lisboa. Rather handy considering the extensive programme this year.

The Lounging Space is superbly located in the city centre. It has its own programme of events, a bookstore, a bar and a terrace with splendid city views.

Open for the duration of the Biennale -

Sun to Thurs 11:00 - 00:00

Fri & Sat 11:00 - 02:00

Palacio Braancamp

Patio do Tijolo, 25 1250 - 301 Lisboa


The biennale is fast approaching and the EXD’09 team was hard at work over the weekend.



EXD’09 Conference speaker, Peter Saville, is on the shortlist for the Prince Philip Designers Prize. Saville has inspired generations of creatives since the heyday of Factory Records in the late 1970s and 1980s and, more recently, helped reshape the image of his hometown Manchester as a happening place. But industry honours have largely eluded him.

A major retrospective at London’s Design Museum made sure Saville’s work will inspire future generations.

See Design Week for full article.


EXD’09 welcomes Nkensani Nkosi, the creative director of Fashion label Stoned Cherrie to the 10 September Open Talk. She will join Nathan Reddy, the most awarded graphic designer in South Africa and Gaby de Abreu, the designer of the 2010 FIFA Worldcup logo.


Nkhensani boasts a multitude of awards, the most notable being the Top Success Story of the Year: Top Women in Business and Government in 2005 and Young Business Quarterly: Young Business Achiever of the Year in 2003. In 2005, she was lauded as one of six high impact entrepreneurs by the US mentorship programme Endeavor.


EXD’09 exhibition - Quick Quick Slow will feature the Peter Bil’ak’s DanceWriter - which was initially released as a utility on his website Typotheque, a combined foundry and design studio. The programme allows you to type as fast as you like, while the dancer, a member of the Netherlands Dance Theater, makes letters in his/her own time.

Here are some images from the new shoot -










Video shoot ‘Dance Writer’ for an installation at Experimenta 2009, Lisbon. Dance: Valentina Scaglia, Video: Taco Zwaanswijk, Programming: Bart van der Ploeg & Edwin de Kooning (Resolume), Choreography Lukas Timulak, Concept & Photo: Peter Bilak

Original Dancewriter is here:


Maki Suzuki and Kajsa Stahl of Abäke Studio - part of UK’s Timeless participation crew popped over to Lisbon recently. They scoured the city looking at maps, plants, Lisbons views, visiting markets,  the Architects Association, GEO (Gabinete de Estudos Olisiponenses, picture insert), the City Museum, Bairro Alto and Model makers (picture insert).


Åbäke will create a graphic representation of the UK’s contribution to Timeless in the Museu do Oriente. The intention is to reveal and show the different processes through which each designer has developed contextual work in Lisbon. The installation is somewhere between a map, a time line and a notice board and will use locally sourced elements such as information, document, objects, material, working and thinking forces and resources. Whenever possible, the material will be borrowed and given back to the owner or other local institutions.
Some background info -
Åbäke is a collective of four graphic designers. Patrick Lacey is from the UK, Kajsa Stahl from Sweden, Benjamin Reichen and Maki Suzuki from France who have been working together since 2000.Their physical work includes posters, CD and record designs, furniture, and installations in art galleries and public spaces. Much of their work concentrates on the social aspect of design and the strength that collaboration can bring to a project. Events often involve (in no particular order) film, dancing, eating and cooking and teaching. They are also singers, painters, photographers, members of bands, furniture designers, curators, fashion designers, DJs and teachers.


In the run up to EXD’09 expect to see posts of places of interest in Lisbon… especially for biennale visitors.. oh for locals too, just in case you’ve forgotten how fabulous the city is.

The Lisboetas enjoy good food - slowly - accompanied by fine wine and sparkling company. So it is only fitting that the LISBON series kicks off with the mention of restaurants that the team rates highly.

We welcome your comments -
Fusion restaurant, Bica do Sapato on Avenida Infante Dom Henrique (+351 218810320). Try the clams downstairs or the sushi upstairs. Oh! and don’t forget to order a Morangoska at the bar while you wait for your table.

Bica do Sapato

Bica do Sapato

Pap’ Açorda (+351213464811) this delightful little chandelier clad restaurant on Rua da Atalaia is good for pricey traditional Portuguese food - don’t leave without a splat of the chocolate mousse.



Must Have Mousse

Must Have Mousse

Or for something a little more relaxed try Santo Antonio de Alfama (+351218881328) - a quaint treat in the heart of Alfama. Dine tapa style with Aubergine, Garlic prawns, Gorgonzola mushrooms… Don’t mind the laundry!


Santo Antonio de Alfama


View from Lounging Space Terrace

View from Lounging Space Terrace

The EXD team are hard at work preparing the Lounging Space - which will be accessible to all visitors for the duration of the biennale 9 September - 8 November.

This hotspot is located in the heart of the city and will feature an information desk, a bar, lounge area, sponsors’ hall and press centre.

It has its own calendar of events - here are some highlights -

10 Sept, 6 - 7pm - State of the Arts (debate on the Exhibition Lapse in Time)

13 Sept, 3 - 4pm - Luanda: Anatomy of Speed

13 Sept, 4 - 5pm - Luanda: Emergent Megalopolis

for details visit the EXD’09 website

The Lounging Space opens at 11pm on Wednesday, 9 Sept

Sun to Thu 11:00 – 00:00
Fri & Sat 11:00 – 02:00
Palácio Braancamp
Pátio do Tijolo, 25 1250 – 301 Lisboa
Metro Rato, Baixa-Chiado; Bus 758, 773

VENUE info:
Tucked away between Bairro Alto and Príncipe Real and hidden behind a flowery patio and a wrought iron gate, the Palácio Braamcamp can easily be overlooked. Built by the Braamcamp family, this example of the 1800’s residential architecture is an elegant and pleasant construction. The façade has a curved frontispiece and a terrace overlooking the Tagus River and the facing buildings. The classic exterior contrasts with the richness of the inside, which combines balection moulding, mural painting, imprinted glass and vitreous glass. The interior space is organised around the hall, topped by a skylight and a gallery. The Palace, once inhabited by Fontes Pereira de Melo, was bought in 1917 by the French government, where it installed the École Française de Lisbonne, and in 1945 by the Lisbon Municipality.


Creative Director of EXD'09 Lisboa

Creative Director of EXD'09 Lisboa

Our long time media friend from Madrid, Tachy Mora, posed a few questions to the EXD’09 Lisboa Creative Director who is currently on vacation. He managed to find some time to repond between sipping G&T’s and tucking in the kids -

What happened to you and to The Designers Republic in recent years?

— We flew too close to the sun.

Why did you decided not to keep on?

— We stole from the rich and gave to the poor. The rich wanted their money back.

Is it closed or is it working?

— Born on Bastille Day 1986. Reborn on Bastille Day 2009.

Did you sell the brand?

— No, it’s still for sale…

After 23 years of The Designers Republic, what are you currently doing?

— Whatever I can see value in, with whoever can see value in me doing it.

Are you still interested in visual communication?

— I’m interested in ideas and in the communication of those ideas by any means necessary. I’m interested in provoking a response and measuring an outcome. I’m interested in creating a dialogue, and in the nature and value of the dialogue created. I’m interested in why what happens happens and how the way it is communicated can shift the idea, move the startpoint and change the outcome. I’m interested in why people do what they do, and how much that is a result of why they think what they think.

Tell us your plan to be just Ian Anderson and not Ian Anderson, the founder of The Designers Republic.

— Ian Anderson gives me more options.

Who are you now?

— Something between your best friend and your only hope.

What is different between Ian Anderson 1986 and Ian Anderson 2009?

— Everything I’ve dreamt, thought, done, experienced, learnt and probably forgotten in 23 years.

Is time the only challenge of the current visual communication?

— Understanding the why and the who-to are the biggest challenges – time is primarily a factor for those who think they don’t have time to think.

Today, designers have less time to develop their work but on the other hand, have more tools and technology.

— I don’t agree that we have less real time in real terms. Some people forget to use time and so become slaves to it. The tools refine rather than define the process.

Why do you think young designers are working a lot in 3D, generating the images or the scenes they need in a do it yourself way?

— Maybe a desire to create something ‘physical’ / tangible to escape into.

Does the new generation need to work again with the hands and less with the computer or is it just a trend?

— The new generation need to rediscover why the fuck they’re doing what they’re doing.

Do you think that young designers can’t notice the difference between Arial and Helvetica because they haven’t use Letraset?

— I think it’s because they don’t realize the benefit in knowing the difference. The devil is no longer in the detail, but on the surface.

Thinking back to the 80’s, what kind of handmade process did you find tedious?

— Making coffee.

And which ones do you miss or do you remember with nostalgia?

— I don’t miss anything from the past. If it’s worth doing I still do it. By nature a labour / time intensive hand-made process creates space for evolutionary ideas – for creative creative processes.

Which handmade process or habits are still important?

— Those which remind us that we are still physical beings existing in a physical world.

Tell us which of your earlier designs, made without the computer, you are proud of the most.

— You tell me which one you like – I like that one too.

How many typefaces do you think you are able to distinguish?

— As many as I need to communicate whatever I need to, when I need to.

A great designer or studio you have discovered recently?

— I haven’t been looking…

A book about graphic design?

— I’m writing it with Liz Farrelly.

A magazine?

— Every magazine, for better or worse.

A pantone?

— Just one?

A typeface?

— It depends what I want to say, why would I limit my options to one?

Just to know, now that you are available, how much does an hour of Ian
Anderson’s work costs?

— How much you got?


Avoid disappointment and Book your tickets now for the Lisbon Conference during the EXD’09 Opening Week.

Dates: 09 - 12 September

Venue: Teatro Camoes

Prices: 1 Day: €7 and €6 for students and senior citizens

And only €20 for a full conference pass (4 days, 8 presentations) and €17 for students and senior citizens.

Book Online-

Conference Schedule -

Day 1 - Alejandro Aravena and Julien de Smedt

Day 2 - Peter Saville and Michael Horsham

Day 3 - Dario Buzzini, Leif Huff and Michael Young

Day 4 - Konstantin Grcic and Giulio Cappellini


This year EXD is offering expert Guided Tours of the exhibitions.

1. Visits and hands-on activities for youngsters organised for school groups (6 – 14 years old). On the weekend these quiz visits extend to creative workshops offering a dynamic and playful environment for families and young individuals.
2. Workshops and special tours for high school students and undergraduates.
3. Bespoke itineraries and guided tours by experts for adult audiences. The opportunity to visit and explore the main exhibitions in one full day for students as well as Portuguese and international tourists.
T. +351 210 993 045
Guided tours and play-visits: 2€ p/person, all age groups
Creative workshops: 3€ to 10€ p/person


EXD is famous for taking over the city of Lisbon when the biennale is on. Besides choosing exquisite venues for the core programme… the Portuguese creative community collaborate with EXD to make it a memorable experience for locals and visitors alike. With this said, EXD is proud to include on the programme 53 Parallel events - made up of predominantly Portuguese creatives (50 and 3 International - Italian, Austrian and Swedish) and taking place all over the city.

A marked increase from previous years - 11 in 1999 and 30 in 2005.

Full details available on the EXD website.


Guta Moura Guedes unveiled the detailed programme of EXD’09 Lisboa to the Portuguese Press yesterday.

EXD'09 Press Conference in Lisbon

EXD'09 Press Conference in Lisbon

71 Events . 258 Participants . 23 Countries

71 Events . 258 Participants . 23 Countries


Saturday saw the conclusion of an enlightening Workshop week in Lisbon for Action for Age - an RSA Design Directions initiative and EXD Special project.

Under the the supervision of two Portuguese designers, Susana Antonio and Rita Filipe, six students took part in an intense 6-day workshop at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

As part of the workshop, students had visited nursing homes, elderly care centres and healthcare centres - awarding them the opportunity to interview people. Herewith some feedback from the fieldtrip:


Lisbon Social Support Centre

“It is important that people have the ability to choose.”

“The need for attention, conversation and communication in everything.”

“The lack of memories for people with Alzheimers. How can we create moments of happiness?”

“Older people that love life are happy”


75 year old Mr. Carlos at his tailor shop in Alfama

“Expensive private care homes may have everything, but residents in public homes have community, emotion and integration.”

“Communities that mix old people with different needs are good.”

“Older people love to connect with younger people”

“We visited a public care home that engages with residents to help sustain the workings of the home.”

“People in social care homes miss their homes and don’t want to be where they are.”

“They struggel to identify with other people therefore isolate themselves.”

“Some people are unhappy as they unable to travel, even though they love to.”


Action for Age participants visit Mr. José Alves at his store

“People work - ‘to be active’, ‘to be proud of their past’ ‘to have stories in their life’ ‘to be independent’

“How can we use the expertise and wisdom of older people to share skills.”

“The Action for Age workshop is discovering the diversity of elderly Portuguese people.”

FOR MORE IMAGES from the Lisbon Workshop visit -

(images posted by Think Public)


Emily King and Frith Kerr visited Lisbon last week for meetings with EXD and the Berardo Museum for the Exhibition Quick Quick Slow…

Emily King & Frith Kerr at the Berardo Museum in Lisbon

Emily King & Frith Kerr at the Berardo Museum in Lisbon

Emily :

I have had a great time in Lisbon, both working with the Experimenta team and making new friends from the art and design communities. There have been lots of nice relaxed meals and drinks around Barrio Alto, and we hope for lots more!

In terms of working for the Museum, it has been exciting to operate at the scale allowed by their enormous galleries. I was inspired by the sweep of rooms I was shown at the first meeting to embark on constructing a substantial history of graphic design. Also, it is a fabulous opportunity to  partner with an institution that is able to negotiate loans of important historic material, Futurist typography, Dada journals and so on, from museums like the Pompidou and the Wolfsonian. I have never been able to function on this kind of physical and historical scale before, and, while it is a little daunting, it is also a fantastic opportunity.


Holland Herald, the KLM inflight magazine, recently did a fantastic feature on Lisbon…. here is an excerpt of the article. (For those visiting Lisbon for EXD’09, visit for information)

‘The city’s architecture combines a mish-mash of influences ranging from Moorish Manueline to baroque and art nouveau. “Lisbon is totally irregular,” says Guta Moura Guedes, chair of ExperimentaDesign, the international architecture and design biennale held in Lisbon. “The city is a mixture of different layers: she’s charismatic and charming, there’s an atmosphere of pleasure here combined with a certain idea of fun, a strong connection to the past and a huge amount of creative energy. Each edition of ExperimentaDesign changes locations to feature different places in Lisbon and we’re still discovering incredible new places, hidden places or monastries.”

Part of Lisbon’s charm is the feeling of having stepped back in time; old ladies sit chatting, tavern owners write up the menu of the day and the cobblestoned roads and paths keep the pace slow.”It feels like time stopped a little in Lisbon,” says historian Joao Pimental. Guta Moura Guedes echoes this sentiment. “A friend of mine recently visited and said he felt like he’d stepped back 30 years. Lisbon grows slowly, so you feel like you’re in a bit of a sleepy city, which is actually really beautiful.” However, sitting by the riverside in the boutique hotel the Altis Belem, it feels very much like 2009.’

Words: Jeanne Tan for the Holland Herald