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The international graphic design exhibition, Cartografias do Processo, curated by Oporto-based studio R2 and André Tavares had an extended run at Palácio Quintela, where it has been drawing large crowds of design aficionados and students.

Further boosted by the 6th edition of the EXD/LISBOA Biennale, where it is presented as a Tangent, the exhibition has benefitted from EXD’s geographic concentration in downtown Lisbon. With its prime location in Chiado’s Palácio Quintela, Cartografias do Process has welcomed 7450 visitors, which corresponds to, on average, 83 visitors a day.

The high number of tourists frequenting this iconic area of town in the Biennale months (September to November) has been felt throughout the 87 days this free-admission exhibition has been open to the public.

Given the appeal of its content to students, especially high-schoolers, has led experimentadesign to organize several guided tours of Cartografias do Processo. This selection of graphic representations in poster format constituted visual maps with references, techniques and personal influences on the creative process of each designer.

This exhibition was also a chance to buy the catalogue launched on the occasion of AGI Open 2010 no Porto, the first ever held in Portugal. Praised by international critics, this publication includes all of the 80 posters designed. It is a valuable resource and reference tool to contextualize the importance of 4 generations of represented designers in the contemporary design scenario worldwide.

Previously held in Oporto and Coimbra, Cartografias do Processo is expected to continue touring Portugal.


Between 19 and 22 October, the European Museum Network Conference MUSCON was held in Lisbon, in a Vitra Design Museum initiative. The host institution this year was MUDE - Museu do Design e da Moda.

MUSCON is an exchange platform for design, architecture and art institutions to discuss initiatives in these cultural fields, exchanging ideas, practices and records. For its role in advancing creativity and design culture, experimentadesign was invited to present its programme dynamic and strategy.

Since 1999, experimentadesign has dedicated itself to the creation of cultural projects, both on-going and specific in time, through which original content are generated and critical reflection is fostered around contemporary themes of international resonance. The leading example is the EXD/LISBOA Biennale, which is holding its 6th edition this year.

The first MUSCON was initiated in Europe in 1996, intent on sharing and promoting its institutional associated. Recently, it has opened its network to cultural organizations in America and Asia, looking towards transcontinental cooperation. Today, it enlists over 100 cultural agents, including Centre Georges Pompidou, Victoria and Albert Museum, MoMA New York, National Museum of Modern Art of Tokyo and MOCA in Shangai.

After Taipei and Lisbon, the 5th US MUSCON will be held in Miami from 28 to 30 November, during Art Basel Miami Beach and Design Miami.


The toy boat - BOTE - designed by BIG-GAME was integrated in Instant Design_01, the first instant ebook dedicated to the Milan Design Week 2011. This app features a selection of the best one hundred design products of Design Week, among which is BOTE, part of the recently-released MATERIA collection.

Susanna Legrenzi, design curator, journalist and regular contributor for Vogue Italia, Klat magazine, Nòva/Il Sole 24 ore and Il Giornale dell’architettura, was responsible for the selection.

Bote was designed by BIG-GAME design studio, founded in 2004 by Grégoire Jeanmonod (CH), Elric Petit (BE) and Augustin Scott de Martinville (FR). Their work has been acquired by the Museum fur Gestaltung (CH), the Musée du Grand-Hornu (BE), or Centre Georges Pompidou (FR), to name a few.

MATERIA, a brand new collection of cork products, curated by experimentadesign for AMORIM, was launched worldwide with a showcase in Milan, between 13 and 17 April, at the gallery Spazio San Marco, during the Fuori Salone.


Curated by experimentadesign for Amorim, the MATERIA collection is being launched worldwide on April 13, in Milan.

Integrated in what is widely viewed as the most prestigious international design event, Fuori Salone, the launch of MATERIA signals a key stage in Amorimás strategy of business diversification and breaking into new markets.

The MATERIA showcase is being held in Spazio San Marco gallery, located in Brera, the city's leading design and fashion district. Designed by Miguel Vieira Baptista, it will be open to the public until April 17.

MATERIA is composed by 22 brand-new objects for everyday life, made from cork. The collection was designed by 6 invited Portuguese designers and studios and 4 foreign ones: BIG-GAME (CH), Daniel Caramelo (PT), Fernando Brízio (PT), Filipe Alarcão (PT), Inga Sempé (FR), Marco Sousa Santos (PT), Miguel Vieira Baptista (PT), Nendo (JP), Pedrita (PT), Raw Edges (IL/UK).

MATERIA CORK BY AMORIM fully realizes cork's potential as one of the raw-materials of choice for the 21st century.


experimentadesign's cultural programme for Palácio Quintela will continue with the exhibition Display: objects, buildings and space.

Six Lisbon galleries were invited to present works that reflect the relationship between art, space, architecture and objects. Baginski, Galeria/Projectos; Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art; Galeria Filomena Soares; Galeria Graça Brandão; MARZ Galeria e Vera Cortês Art Agency, together with experimentadesign, selected 23 works by Portuguese and foreign artists from different generations, backgrounds and practices:
André Romão; Ângela Ferreira; Daniel Blaufuks; Diogo Pimentão; Gonçalo Sena; Helena Almeida; João Galrão; João Penalva; João Seguro; John Wood and Paul Harrison; José Pedro Croft; Lawrence Weiner; Mauro Cerqueira; Nicolás Robbio; Nuno Ramalho e Renato Ferrão; Nuno Sousa Vieira; Rui Calçada Bastos; Rui Chafes; Rui Toscano; Rui Valério.

Display: objects, buildings and space proposes different outlooks and discourses between art and built space, in the likewise impactful setting of Palácio Quintela, until January 30, 2011


On 5 November at the Grand Auditorium of the Faculty of Fine Arts of Lisbon and before an audience of 38 teachers and 400 students from 22 design schools from the entire country, the 2nd edition of the project Action for Age was announced to the press, which consists of producing a creative lab focused on the reflection and the search for inclusive solutions that deal with the phenomenon of the aging population.

This project began as an initiative of the RSA - Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (UK) and in its first edition was a partnership between experimentadesign and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. These partners are now joined by the Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa, an organization that believes in social innovation as a central basis for monitoring new social realities and combating effects that may arise.

The announcement was made during the launching workshop for the second edition of the Action for Age project, where the results of the first edition were presented and the goals for the next two years were set, now focusing on the intergenerational relationship theme.

During the session, the institutional framework of the project and its main features were presented.

President of experimentadesign Guta Moura Guedes stressed the privilege of collaborating with institutions such as the RSA, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Santa Casa da Misericórdia, and summarized the results achieved in the first edition, which resulted in several awareness-raising events and networking enhancing between students, schools and institutions. The strategic aims of the second edition were presented, highlighting the following factors:
  • Strengthen a network for social design and intergenerationality in Portugal.
  • Mobilize and engage students and higher education schools of design to the social issues.
  • Outline a longer project development - two years - and raise more funds and partnerships.
Louisa Valle, Director of the Human Development Department of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, gave particular emphasis to the importance of the project Action for Age in the context of the institution's concerns with social issues. Moreover, she reaffirmed its commitment in supporting transversal projects to encourage the search for solutions to the problems of contemporary society and the challenges of the 21st century. She also considered that the focus on social issues is vital in view of the new paradigm in order to find new solutions that respond more effectively to social needs.

Leonor Araújo of Santa Casa da Misericórdia referred the strategic priorities of the institution - expansion, diversification and development of skills and innovation in rendered responses - key goals to achieve its leading role in social intervention and to pursue their statutory purposes. She also highlighted how the Action for Age project conforms with their social innovation strategy, not only due to the innovative approach of Design in sight of the transformation of the surrounding reality, but also for fostering a greater connection between generations and a fuller integration of the senior population in the community.

Head of Department of Design of RSA Emily Campbell could not attend the presentation and a video was shown about the organization and its role in supporting design.

Action for Age 2 intends to stimulate ideas that create or value existing social capital, contributing to greater social cohesion. Until next February, students or recent graduates from Portuguese higher education Schools of Design can apply for the second edition, with proposals - a product, service or a campaign - whose main objective is to establish authentic and spontaneous intergenerational relationships that will fight against social isolation and loneliness of elderly people. All the work developed will be presented at the EXD'11 biennial.

At experimentadesign the Age Action project is coordinated by Pedro Rocha Vieira, where he is responsible for the Design Response area.


Experimentadesign was responsible for the stand design for the Ministry of Culture at Portugal Tecnológico, which took place from 22 to 26 September, at FIL, the International.

This pro bono intervention was designed and coordinated by experimentadesign who challenged the architecture studio Ubiquidade to run the project and Nuno Luz, an EXD team member, to do the graphic design.

The stand is defined as a uniquely neutral exhibition platform and integrates 12 state agencies managed by the Ministry of Culture, where several modules and capsules are located and provide an immersive experience that focus on viewing video and audio content. These contents are responsibility of the 12 state agencies.

The artwork was designed solely using lettering and Nuno Luz created a modular alphabet in shades of black, gold and white.

The Minister of Culture Gabriela Canavilhas visited the stand on September 24, with executive director of experimentadesign Mário Carneiro, project author from architecture studio Ubiquidade Ricardo Miranda, and the representatives of the various participating state agencies.

Pontes para um Futuro Mais Positivo

Palácio Quintela hosts from September 16 Pontes para um Futuro Mais Positivo Bridges for More Positive Future, an exhibition of 54 proposals for a cycling bridge over the 2ª Circular, a busy thoroughfare in Lisbon. These projects are the result of the International Competition of Ideas launched in July 2009 by the Galp Energia Foundation in partnership with EXD'09, which challenged architects and engineers to design a new equipment for the city.

An initiative of the Galp Energia Foundation, this exhibition presents a significant amount of the competition's entry projects, in which 14 countries were represented, among them Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, India, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Macao, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and UK.

Bridges for a More Positive Future is open to the public until October 17, on the ground floor of Palácio Quintela. Free admission.

Address: Rua do Alecrim, 70
Exhibition hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Info: info@experimentadesign.pt


On June 16 the opening of exhibition REVOLUTION 99-09 marked the beginning of experimentadesign's new programme for Palácio Barão de Quintela e Conde de Farrobo, the cultural headquarters of design college IADE in Chiado. Occupying two floors of this remarkable palace, including the former kitchen, atrium and "Sabinas" room, with its impressive wall paintings, this exhibition dedicated to Portuguese product and graphic design welcomed a total of 1.200 visitors on its opening day.
Bringing together over 190 projects by about 74 designers and studios, surpassing 400 assembled pieces on display, REVOLUTION 99-09 is experimentadesign's take on Portuguese design production of the last ten years, in a bid to foster reflection and debate on the languages and methodologies specific to this cultural and geographical context.

The graphic design section aimed to showcase the diversity and richness of vocabularies, formats and contexts, with a focus on experimental and strongly authorial work. In product design, the selection illustrates some of the conceptual explorations and concerns that have inspired different of Portuguese designers. One-offs sit side by side with limited edition pieces or industrially produced items for the mass market.

This occasion was attended by Elísio Summavielle, Secretary of State for Culture, the Lisbon Mayor António Costa and Catarina Vaz Pinto, Alderwoman for Culture and Tourism; Guta Moura Guedes, President of experimentadesign, Carlos Duarte, President of IADE; Carlos Sá, Administrator of Ensivest Group; Susana Ferreira, Brand and Communication Director of Caixa Geral de Depósitos, official sponsor of experimentadesign's programme at Palácio Barão de Quintela.

Revolution 99-09 will be open to the public until 5 September, at Palácio Barão de Quintela, in Chiado, from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 10 pm (free admission). Scheduled to start in mid July, a calendar of events such as debates and presentations will focus on the main themes raised by the exhibition, featuring several Portuguese designers and creative practitioners. The detailed program as well as the exhibition catalogue will be available in www.experimentadesign.pt/revolution

Experimenta welcomes winner of European Union – Japan Design Competition 2006

At the invitation of the organizers, Experimenta has joined the EU-Japan Design Competition 2006, an initiative of the Delegation of the European Commission to Japan in cooperation with the embassies of the EU Member States in the country. Open to young designers and design students residing in Japan, the theme of the competition is “Improving life at Home”. Any projects for objects or products for use in the home qualify for entry, with the exception of proposals in the areas of system design, graphic design, textile design and architecture.
The competition stems for Japan’s rising interest in European design, its work processes, trends and practitioners.

The winners will be awarded scholarships and internships in renowned European institutions, including Experimenta, which is offering a 6-month internship during the year 2007.
Given the excellent reception this initiative has had among participants and other parties involved, the organizers are already planning future editions of this competition.

Experimenta integrates Samsung’s research project for Southern Europe

On July 16 Experimenta welcomed in its Lisbon headquarters the Head of Samsung’s Design Department together with a group of designers and researchers from this company, which is conducting a field trip and creative exploratory survey in the South of Europe, namely Lisbon, Barcelona and Valencia.

This team of designers and members of Samsung’s creative department came from South Korea and from the company’s Research Department in London for this 10-day visit to the South of Europe with the intention of understanding the characteristic features of Portuguese and Spanish design and contemporary culture, as well as its leading figures, in an effort to evaluate the impact of South Europe tradition and culture in today’s design.
The interest of this South Korean corporation stems from the growing influence of South European in the current design scene as well the potential role its key aspects may play in innovation and creation.

In Lisbon, the field trip’s programme was centred on Experimenta and also covered several design shops, the Design Museum and the new area on the eastern part of the city.

This research is being coordinated by the Spanish design studio Emiliana, owned by designers Ana Mir and Emili Padros. Still under discussion in a possible strengthening of ties between Samsung and Experimenta for the forthcoming edition of ExperimentaDesign – Bienal de Lisboa, which will take place in 2007.

September 27 to October 1, Lisbon, Co-Production Experimenta

For the first time, Lisbon will host the AtypI Conference, an annual event organized by the leading international organization dedicated to type design and typography. The theme for AtypI2006 is Typographical Journeys.
After New York, Barcelona, Paris, Helsinki, Berlin, Copenhagen and London, among other cities, it is now Lisbon's turn to join the list of host-cities that have welcomed this event since 1957. Gathering close to 300 renowned figures in the field of typography, this prestigious international conference promises to put Lisbon centre-stage in type design discussion.

Following an invitation by AtypI's local delegate for Portugal, Mário Feliciano, and AtypI itself, Experimenta is the local co-producer of the Conference, which is taking place in Lisbon, from September 27 to October 1.

More information: http://www.atypi.org/06_Lisbon