Located in Gaia, on the left bank of the Douro river, in a friendly business park 10 minutes from the centre of Porto, easy to find and to get to, Nuno’s new studio has capacity for large scale projects of intensive labour and for single slab pieces as big as 2,5m long.
This contemporary glass « research kitchen » produces many different items with high quality fusing compatible coloured glass, industrial float glass or crushed bottle glass: fused stained glass windows, wall panelling with backlight, light glass brick for partition walls, standing panels, art mirrors, floors, glass tiles, lamps, decorative objects, jewellery, sculptures and other curved and flat pieces for complement of other designer’s objects / projects.
“I started studying chemistry.
Stained glass, soldered with lead and tin.
I tried many paths, before finding my own.
Today I grab bits of glass with open hands, cut them with everyday intimacy, draw with them the objects I make.
By-the-book technic get me impatient and I remake them. What I look for… not perfection but freedom. Textures in glass can have more beauty than transparency or shine. Shapes admit irreverence, the dismantling of usefulness, anti-ergonomic design. Useless utensil. Just because I feel like it, because I had a dream that day, because it was nothing like this, but after all… yes!
After all, I continue studying chemistry, and ballet, and glass.”
WHAT I LOVE MAKING...
Creating a design object out of pieces of glass, directly into the mould, allowing my hands some kind of freedom/independence, and placing myself as an observer/critic, loving the result, or not, and just dismantling and reassembling until satisfaction occurs. I turn the kiln on and maybe, just maybe, tomorrow warm art will emerge and make somebody happy.
Since the early nineties, many projects have been produced in collaboration with reputed architects and interior designers or brands, such as Nini Andrade Silva, Paulo Lobo, Guz Wilkinson, Bat Eye, Marta Espergueira Mendes, Amedeo Mandolesi, Ginger &Jagger, Morais Soares, MVCC, José Carlos Cruz, Miguel Brito Nogueira, NANO design, Duistt, Vangmob, Taller Uno, Opostos, Donna, among others.