An old foundry transformed into a craft store


DEPOZITO is a recent project by A Vida Portuguesa in collaboration with Portugal Manual. ⁠It opened in November 2021.  An old foundry of more than 400 m2 transformed into a craft store where traditional craft products coexist with objects made by new artisans.⁠ ⁠ More than a commercial area, it is also a place for research, classes, conversations and workshops to promote the transmission of knowledge.⁠ A space for sharing Portuguese culture made by hand, a celebration of tradition and its reinvention. ⁠

For Lisbon Design Week, DEPOZITO will host an exceptional exhibition: "De Loulé: Diálogos entre Artesãos e Designers"   

Loulé is a territory that is home to a vibrant creative community. A growing number of active artisans and designers are settling there due to the amazing work of Loulé Criativo, a project by Loulé City Council, which has created conditions for the growth, rejuvenation and development of local creation and production. Since 2017, 7 traditional arts workshops have been created, a Design Lab where new projects are born and a large network of collaborations and synergies. One of the key moments of this movement was a residency in 2016 in which 3 designers born in Loulé and working in other parts of the world, returned to their origins, together with a group of artisans, to reflect on the future of traditional arts, seeking to respond cultural, social, economic and environmental issues. After 7 years, the experience is repeated with the aim of launching the collection commercially, repositioning local production and establishing the identity of this territory.


11:00 - 19:00

DEPOZITO will host the exhibition: "De Loulé: Diálogos entre Artesãos e Designers" 

May 22
15.00 - 16.30  Meet the designers – guided tour
May 24

16.00 - 18.00 Meet the artisans – live work  
May 24
18.00 - 20.00 Late opening and Cocktail
May 25
17.30 - 19.00 Round table – Dialogues between Crafts and Design - Perspectives for the Future




R. Nova do Desterro 21, 1150-241 Lisboa