What to Expect of Luxury Design & Craftsmanship Summit 2018

In June, Covet Group will bring to Oporto an event never seen before in the city.

From the 20th to the 21st of June, in the portuguese city of Oporto, Covet Group will host the 1st edition of the Luxury Design & Craftsmanship Summit, having as the main goal the discussion of what’s to come in the design world.


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Luxury Design & Craftmanship Summit’ 18 is one of the only events in the world bringing together the creative minds, designers, makers, and brands, to discuss what’s next in the Luxury Design World. This events ambition is to bring a new perspective to the industry, and the most innovative practices of luxury and design as the dominant players in the growth and eminence of Craftsmanship.

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The opening event will be at Pavilhão Multiusos de Gondomar, designed by Pritzker Prize Winner, Architect Álvaro Siza Vieira. Gondomar it’s the perfect place to host the 1st edition of the Luxury Design & Craftsmanship Summit because, it’s a city known for its love and devotion to craftsmanship, mainly in the jewelry industry with a special kind of love and attention for the traditional art of creating stunning jewelry pieces in filigree.

What to Expect of Luxury Design & Craftsmanship Summit 2018 luxury design & craftsmanship summit What to Expect of Luxury Design & Craftsmanship Summit 2018 What to Expect of Luxury Design Craftsmanship Summit 2018 5Taking place in a city renowned for its craftsmanship heritage, Oporto, Portugal, the two-day event will present an outstanding line-up of keynote speakers to provide a lively debate and informed conversation for those who seek to be at the forefront of the Luxury Design field.

The first panel is dedicated to The Value of Craftmanship for the Luxury World, this panel will show real case studies that explain the meaning of exclusivity and authenticity. On this first day the event will be closed by Gondomar’s Mayor, Marco Martins with a Port of Honor.

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On the second day, on the 21st of June, two panels will be presented, Design as a Driving force for Local Craftsmanship, a closer look into the rise of the Designer-Maker, a journey from the past towards a new cultural progress to promote creativity and innovation, while respecting traditions and safeguarding heritage and the closing panel will be Luxury Branding: The Behind the Scenes Story and in which it will debate the connection between the heritage techniques and its usage for the most recent marketing campaigns of leading luxury business brands.

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During the event, craftmanship will be shown and discussed with a new approach and dimension, reflection of the dynamic and digital world where craftmanship is an important tool for design brands and other arts.

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Some of the speakers already confirmed are:

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The international non-profit entity Michelangelo Foundation, that maintains the master craftmanship tradition and strenghtens its connection to the world of design.

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Luís Onofre, designer of luxury shoes and accessories and President of APICCAP.

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Fundação Ricardo Espírito Santo Silvaa foundation created with the objective of protecting the Portuguese Decorative Arts and the handicrafts related to them.

Topázio, Portuguese company with more than 140 years of history, expert in the creation and production of unique designed hand-carved silver.

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Boca do Lobo, Portuguese brand of furniture-art design recognized for its unique and innovative and hand-worked designs.


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