Arts & Crafts Behind Boca do Lobo’s Exclusive Furniture: Azulejo
This article will talk about a famous art technique from Portugal, the Azulejo technique, and its use to create exclusive furniture. Being one of the most representative art forms of the Portuguese culture, the renowned hand painted tiles reflect a tradition that is hundreds of years old.
It is usually applied as wall covering decoration, layering large surface areas on both the inside and outside of buildings, but is also used by this luxury brand that is Boca do Lobo to create exclusive furniture.
Azulejo is a clay or ceramic plate piece, generally with a square shape decorated with glazed colorful designs, and the majority of tiles shows Moorish designs which have curvilinear, lace-like and looping designs, or even have geometric or floral motifs.
A very ornate yet refined element which inspired the Heritage series from Boca do Lobo, a collection that displays different layers, each one illustrating a different story. Below is an example of the cabinets they can produce. But they also do buffets and sideboard design, thanks to their talented craftsmanship.
We can admire the details of each tile below. The exclusive design results from hours of dedicated work, to fit the best interior design.
To have the paint in the exact thickness requires knowledge: not too watery and not too strong. If it is too thick, the brush starts dragging, if it is too watery, it will be difficult to achieve the expected tone. The outline is made from the contour brush, and artists keep brushing, avoiding it gets laid on the bottom; which creates a luxury design.
The challenge today has been to find new aesthetic concepts since the tile itself will be always the same.
Originally, azulejos appeared in Portugal under the Moorish people in the XV century. Since then, no other country has been used the art with such consistency and in so many ways for over five centuries, meaning it is already part of the Portuguese soul, earning the recognition of the most meaningful place for this timeless skill.
The Azulejo has become a landmark in Portuguese architecture, and can be found all over the country, from churches, houses and gardens.