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.

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Varanda do Casal
Varanda do Casal
Casal de São Simão
restaurants
Fugas Restaurant
Fugas Restaurant
restaurants
As Beiras
As Beiras
Pampilhosa da Serra
restaurants
Bem-Me-Quer
Bem-Me-Quer
Martim Branco
restaurants
Ponte Velha
Ponte Velha
Sertã
restaurants
Casa da Ti Augusta
Casa da Ti Augusta
Figueira
restaurants
Museu da Chanfana
Museu da Chanfana
Miranda do Corvo
restaurants
Sabores da Aldeia
Sabores da Aldeia
restaurants
Callum
Callum
Oleiros
lodging
Casa do Olival
Casa do Olival
Figueiró dos Vinhos
lodging
A Casa da Natália
A Casa da Natália
Góis
lodging
A Boa Vida do Campo
A Boa Vida do Campo
Tábua
lodging
Casa do Caminheiro Hostel
Casa do Caminheiro Hostel
Talasnal
lodging
Hotel Rural Quinta da Geia
Hotel Rural Quinta da Geia
Aldeia das Dez
lodging
Pátio do Xisto
Pátio do Xisto
Gondramaz, Miranda do Corvo
lodging
Mountain Whisper
Mountain Whisper
Gondramaz
lodging
Hotel Parque Serra Da Lousã
Hotel Parque Serra Da Lousã
Miranda do Corvo
lodging
Casa dos Amigos
Casa dos Amigos
Casal Novo
heritage
Church of São Bartolomeu
Church of São Bartolomeu
heritage
Alvoco das Várzeas Medieval Bridge
Alvoco das Várzeas Medieval Bridge
offer
Aventura Épica XL
Aventura Épica XL
offer
Passeio Geológico de Foz do Cobrão e Sobral Fernando
Passeio Geológico de Foz do Cobrão e Sobral Fernando
village
Ferraria de São João
Ferraria de São João
offer
Escapadinha de E-Bike nas Aldeias do Xisto
Escapadinha de E-Bike nas Aldeias do Xisto
tour
The Tagus Route - Fontes > Souto Rest Area - GRZ on Foot: Stage 3
The Tagus Route - Fontes > Souto Rest Area - GRZ on Foot: Stage 3
village
Figueira
Figueira
tour
Cyclin' Portugal Centre - Aldeias of Xisto de Oliveira do Hospital: P5 – Red
Cyclin' Portugal Centre - Aldeias of Xisto de Oliveira do Hospital: P5 – Red
tour
Cyclin'Portugal Centre of Fróia River Beach (P31 - Green)
Cyclin'Portugal Centre of Fróia River Beach (P31 - Green)
village
Sobral de São Miguel
Sobral de São Miguel
heritage
Roman Villa of Rabaçal
Roman Villa of Rabaçal

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