craft + design

Craft + Design

craft + design

The home of Portuguese craft, open to new frontiers of knowledge.

Presentation

The Craft+Design Aldeias do Xisto projects involve craft workshops, universities, design teams and experts in social areas, who are invited to immerse themselves in the real life of the villages and draw inspiration from them to create objects that are meaningful to memory and cultural identity, the values of the region and the Portuguese spirit. 

Breaking new ground

The Craft+Design Aldeias do Xisto projects are tasked with bringing together sets of actors and frontiers of knowledge around nature and culture, in fields as diverse as history, ethnography, culinary, craft, design, traditional arts and crafts, handiwork, digital production, ecology and audio-visual, in order to conceptualise and produce goods and services in the local context capable of fulfilling contemporary demand. To generate a new set of products and services, prototypes and experiences that, besides enriching our current operations, also allow us to establish new commercial, strategic and personal links with other social, cultural and economic segments, thereby enhancing the Aldeias do Xisto region.

Craft+Design+Identity Trilogy

The trilogy Craft+Design+Aldeias do Xisto comprises the projects Água Musa (2013), L4Craft (2014) and Agricultura Lusitana (2015-18). Under the methodical and transdisciplinary gaze of design, and following a unifying theme of concepts, the thoughts of various artists, students, teachers and authors were traversed, bringing diverse knowledge and allowing a renewed and ample vision of the challenges to be met. We moved from the connection between craftsmen and designers to a domain of strategic thinking in the meaning of territories where, once again, it was realized that the connection between crafts + design, involving the scientific and technical system, and still allied to territorial identities, has a significant transformative force because it celebrates our origins and can lead to the (re)construction of a contemporary experience in these rural territories.

Collaborative culture between management and design

This project consolidates the positioning of the collaborative culture between management and design, a powerful catalyst within organisations, which stimulates creative thinking, the development of initiatives and teamwork, who want to generate value in the social context. Transformations based on ethical principles and more ecological ways of being will change the way we live, promoting personal, social and political well-being in this project’s territory.

World Craft Council

The Aldeias do Xisto aim to preserve, value and dignify the professions associated with craft, promoting innovation and expanding their areas of activity, in order to combat the current stagnation of the sector and its imminent risk of disappearance. The overall objective is to make the Aldeias do Xisto the "homeland" of Portuguese craft, a living and creative territory. 

This affirmation of the Aldeias do Xisto’s identity through craftwork earned its admission to the World Craft Council, where it has been playing a leading role.

craf+design
aldeias do xisto

Craft+Design website coming soon.
Subscribe our newsletter and stay up to date with our latest news.

explore

restaurants
João Brandão
João Brandão
Oliveira do Hospital
restaurants
Varanda do Casal
Varanda do Casal
Casal de São Simão
restaurants
Museu da Chanfana
Museu da Chanfana
Miranda do Corvo
restaurants
As Beiras
As Beiras
Pampilhosa da Serra
restaurants
Fugas Restaurant
Fugas Restaurant
restaurants
Santo Amaro
Santo Amaro
Sertã
restaurants
Callum
Callum
Oleiros
restaurants
Bem-Me-Quer
Bem-Me-Quer
Martim Branco
lodging
Casas do Sinhel
Casas do Sinhel
Relva da Mó
lodging
Casas da Mina - Hostel
Casas da Mina - Hostel
Cabeço do Pião
lodging
Sete Quintas
Sete Quintas
Retorta
lodging
Casa do Caminheiro Hostel
Casa do Caminheiro Hostel
Talasnal
lodging
Arganil Municipal Camping Park
Arganil Municipal Camping Park
Sarzedo
lodging
Hotel Parque Serra Da Lousã
Hotel Parque Serra Da Lousã
Miranda do Corvo
lodging
Casas do Favacal
Casas do Favacal
Favacal
lodging
Casa da Moenda
Casa da Moenda
Benfeita
lodging
Aldeia Ruiva Campsite
Aldeia Ruiva Campsite
Aldeia Ruiva, Proença-a-Nova
village
Martim Branco
Martim Branco
offer
Dia e Noite no Centro da Natureza
Dia e Noite no Centro da Natureza
village
Benfeita
Benfeita
heritage
Igreja Matriz de Aldeia das Dez
Igreja Matriz de Aldeia das Dez
tour
PR2 MCV - Gondramaz Schist trail - In the Miller’s Footsteps
PR2 MCV - Gondramaz Schist trail - In the Miller’s Footsteps
village
Comareira
Comareira
heritage
Chapel of São Sebastião
Chapel of São Sebastião
heritage
Religious tour in Pedrógão Pequeno
Religious tour in Pedrógão Pequeno
tour
Panoramic Road: Barroca - Fajão
Panoramic Road: Barroca - Fajão
tour
PR1 PPS - Fajão Schist trails  – Climbing the cliffs
PR1 PPS - Fajão Schist trails – Climbing the cliffs
Casas do Rio
offer
Passeio Geológico de Foz do Cobrão e Sobral Fernando
Passeio Geológico de Foz do Cobrão e Sobral Fernando
offer
Geological Walk in Sobral Fernando
Geological Walk in Sobral Fernando