Margarida’s inspiration comes from her time at the apron strings of her Grandmother whose home-building and traditional craft in the kitchen influences the creative process.
Her work hones in on the simplicity of Portuguese living with a collection that centers around culinary pursuits – items for food, cooking and kitchen.
Margarida’s studio, where she works along with her husband, is based in LX Factory, a former manufacturing plant experiencing a new lease of life as a hub of enterprise and creative culture in Lisbon’s Alcântara district.
Cécile's work explores a minimalist, geometric aesthetic in which plaster, marble, and ceramics draw in the eye to texture, symmetry and smooth lines.
Her influences are global and truly eclectic including the endless column of Brancusi (Romania), the Kachina dolls of the Hopi people (Arizona, US) and the art brut painter Augustin Lesage of Cécile’s native France.
Perfect for the home where items are explored over months and years, Cécile’s work aims to encourage high interaction as the individual comes close to a small object with large significance that they examine, explore and uncover over time.
A true European spirit, Cécile Mestelan was born in France, graduated from Lausanne, Switzerland, and now lives and works in Lisbon.
Samuel Reis for Vicara
Samuel's greatest inspiration is the natural world around him as he explores nature’s forms and authentic, organic materials through his work.
Samuel sees nature as the creative agent. He considers himself a “re-collector” aiming to capture and re-cast natural forms in new ways using alternative materials allowing an extension of natural textures and shapes to a longer life in the home
Samuel Reis was born in Lagos on Portugal’s southern coast. He graduated in industrial and product design.