Boca do Lobo is way more than just a furniture producer, they create art, beautiful pieces of furniture that you instantly fall in love with. These pieces evoke a strong emotional feeling just the way that art does. You will see in my interview with Marco Costa who is Head of Design at Boca do Lobo that this strong emotional energy stems from him and is clearly an important part of this iconic brand.
How did you get into the world of design?
From very young I started showing an interest in craftsmanship. I was a nightmare at home, drawing on the walls and destroying my sister’s dolls in order to create “artistic” pieces. I most liked working with my father who was a metallurgic artisan, and I believe that’s how my passion for art started.
I began my academic journey studying science in 2004; an adventure that I soon discovered was not my passion. My heart was beating for creativity and I decided to study Art and Design at the University of Coimbra in Portugal.
In 2009, the opportunity arose to study “Design, Art and Emotion” a that’s how my relationship with Boca do Lobo begun. This has given me a fantastic platform to show my work in many places around the world. It’s been very exciting to be part of Boca do Lobo’s international growth.
What do you love most about being a designer?
While I was a student, I was fascinated by and wrote about emotional design. Boca do Lobo has been the perfect place for me to explore this fascination. It’s important to me that I am close to artisans who are so knowledgeable about century old techniques, these techniques combined with contemporary design is what I’m most passionate about.
I believe that society is getting tired of industrial processes and mass production, my fight is to change this “way of living” from everyone. I’m 28 years old, I’m still looking for adventure; I want to do all kinds of projects related to art and design. The design world is changing and I want to be a part of it.
Your designs are unique, where do you draw your inspiration from?
I like creating modern furniture with a traditional and classical touch. I love the Baroque period and I also get deeply inspired by minimalist pieces of design. Arts and crafts techniques have also always interested me and all of my works are inspired by styles that mix old and new, modern and antique. I love studying artisan techniques that we at Boca do Lobo strive to use.
What does your creative process look like?
I’m always in constant motion and design is always on my mind. I can be in a restaurant or at home and when ideas come to me I draw them on paper. Then, it’s put onto the computer and we start developing the product until it’s perfect.
Do you follow trends?
Of course we are aware of the interior design trends and we do study trends, but we always look to our identity and personality when we design. What we do follow more closely is the innovation in technical expertise so we can combine antique and modern techniques.
A dynamic process of innovation, of both technology and design, forces us into a continual reinterpretation of the brand. Aspects of our philosophy also remain constant: the high quality of the final product is always a priority. All this is translated into our constant search for anything that can bring more value to our pieces, adding and reinventing in new contexts to provide the best product.
What is your preferred material to work with?
At the moment I am in love with green emerald and of course that our Diamond Emerald (above) is one of my favorite pieces as well. Newton dining table (below) is also an outstanding piece that I am very proud of. I love the combination of gold and black! It is so elegant and sophisticated. We can say that my preferred material to work on is wood because it is a noble material and close to nature.
What is your favourite piece you’ve worked on and why?
The Heritage sideboard (above) from Limited Edition Collection was the project that has given me the most satisfaction because of its strong connection to Portuguese History. At the beginning of 2012, at Maison & Objet, Heritage Sideboard, was considered a Trend Product, by Nelly Rodi. It made me very happy!
The Pixel Cabinet (below) is also a piece from the same collection that I am very proud of. It is a remarkable piece that has gathered much international recognition and a piece that marks a special moment of the brand.
What’s the secret behind Boca Do Lobo that makes everyone come back for more?
Boca do Lobo furniture is an exclusive emotional experience, a sense of belonging and a state of mind. We strive to encourage sensational experiences by creating beautiful pieces which are passionately inspired and handcrafted in Portugal by staff that love what they do; experiences which pass on the feeling of exclusivity.
Our designers possess a talent for composing pieces which stir emotion. Our artisan’s knowledge, accumulated from years of experience, is instilled with love and dedication in the art that they perform. No detail or element is overlooked as we offer the best at the frontier between design and art. Each piece will take you on a journey to places you have never been before; a journey to BOCA DO LOBO, a world of emotions. That’s why you come back for more.
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