The Makers

The collection at LUSITANO is curated from a group of designers and makers working in Portugal. Their approaches are unique and the individual items sold here are representative of a moment in time within their works.


Anna Morgado 

For Anna Morgado experimentation is an essential part of the journey from concept to final product. This is key to her "Raw" collection, where each piece is handbuilt bit by bit with iberian clay, by hand, as each piece is crafted as a sculpture. They might be functional objects, but the artist's hand remains defiantly present.

Portuguese and Brazilian, Anna now lives and works in Lisbon.

Eneida Tavares for VIcara

Named a "graduate to watch" by Monocle Magazine, Eneida's work is an exploration of her European experiences and African heritage. Growing up across the Tejo river from Lisbon with Angolan and Cape Verdian parents, her work reflects this multi-faceted environment in her "Caruma" collection : traditional Angolan basketry traditions partner with ceramic techniques perfected in Caldas da Rainha where Tavares works - a town with a heritage in ceramics dating back to ancient times. 

Eneida Tavares completed her MA in product design at ESAD and has exhibited her work throughout Europe and South America. She's also formed Estúdio Mulato with fellow LUSITANO1143 artisan Jorge Carreira.


 Photo by Alice Bernardo

Photo by Alice Bernardo

Margarida Fernandes 

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 Mestelan 

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.

 Photo by  Emmy Martens

Photo by Emmy Martens

 Photo by Vicara

Photo by Vicara

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.