A Japanese ceramic gallery inviting a young Portuguese architect designer 


Sokyo Lisboa Gallery  is a contemporary ceramics and art gallery based in Portugal focusing on Japanese ceramics.
Japanese ceramics is one of the oldest craft traditions in Japan. Going from utility objects commonly associated with the tea ceremony to the irreproachable aesthetics of ceramic sculptures, the excellence of the country’s ceramic tradition is recognized all around the world. The gallery wants to honor the bridge between Portugal and Japan built in the 16th century, when the Portuguese arrived in Japan and started a lively commercial exchange of cultural goods and handicraft techniques, and continue it by exploring art production in a context of cultural interaction, opening new possibilities of artistic expression between Japan - Portugal - Europe.

Joana Vilaça Studio explores new interactions with reality through spatial experimentation, form, and materiality.

Each project is approached with an unwavering commitment to excellence and problem-solving approach. Emphasizing the seamless integration of aesthetics and usability. The studio’s dedication to selecting the right materials, lightning, refining proportions, and developing innovative spatial settings speaks to its overarching commitment to exceptional craftsmanship. All the products are proudly produced in Portugal. 

Joana Vilaça is a Portuguese-born architect currently based in Switzerland. She graduated as an architect from the Technical University of Lisbon in 2009 and subsequently collaborated with several architectural offices in the Netherlands and Portugal. Experiences that allowed her to expand her background in Architecture and work in many different project settings and cultures. Between 2017-2022, Joana worked as an architect at Herzog & de Meuron Architects in Basel, where she developed her skills in the building processes, further expanding her architecture and design language. In 2023 Joana started her own practice, exploring object and interior design.


11:00 - 19:00

Showcase of Bünder collection, an assortment of massive wood tables designed by Joana Vilaça Studio

Exhibition of contemporary Japanese ceramics from the Sokyo collection

May 22
19.00 - 21.00 Cocktail

Please note that the gallery is closed on Sunday

At Sokyo Gallery:
R. de São Bento 440, 1250-221 Lisboa