João Faria

Furniture Designer

Portugal

AWARDS

7

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João Faria is an architect from Northern Portugal. After an 18 year activity in architecture and teaching, he has devoted his time to designing objects that really meant something for him. Emotional Objects is born from this passion. He designs objects for his needs and hopes that someone else likes it too. Objects are created from this need and then, the design is taken to its limits, without compromises. João makes its own prototypes and tests its ideas and solution like a sculptor. After testing one or several solutions, its time to choose the best artisans to make it feasible. Manufacturing it's always very limited, mostly due to the design characteristics. First of all, its a labour of love.

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EDUCATION

1997, Achitecture, Lusíada University, Portugal.

WORKING EXPERIENCES

1998-2008, Chief Architect at Arquitectos, Ideias e Vídeo, Lda.
1999-2013, Design teacher.
2013- Now, Founder, CEO and Creative Director at Emotional Objects.

AWARDS AND PRIZES

2013, 2 nominations for the exibition POPs Serralves Contemporary Art Museum, Oporto;
2014, first prize POPs Serralves Contemporary Art Museum, Oporto;
2015, Golden Award, A' Design Competition;
2016, 3 Iron A' Award Design;
2018, 2 Silver A' Award Design;
2018, Nominee Best Brand Innovation by Harper's Bazaar Interior Awards;
2020, Iron A' Award Design.

SELECTED PROJECTS

Emotional Object #010: "Roots"

FUNCTION:

Coffee table

LOCATION:

Porto, Portugal

YEAR:

2015

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ABOUT

Interpreting nature is a long tradition in design. In this coffee table that was the aim. The uniqueness of this table is that the initial inspiration was taken to the limit. Wood and lacquer intercept revealing the true mastering of the artisans. What makes this design unique are the woodworkers that made it possible. It is a testament to their commitment to take an idea and make it possible, producing with patience, art and craftsmanship a piece of nature in our living room.

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PHOTO CREDITS:

João Faria Concept

COPYRIGHTS:

João Faria

Emotional Object #022: Gift wrap

FUNCTION:

Coffee table

LOCATION:

Porto, Portugal

YEAR:

2015

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ABOUT

When it came up the idea of this object, we were afraid that its already been made. We've searched... And found... Nothing! We couldn't believe it. But when we started to build it, we found out why... It's elegant looks was difficult to build. To make that infinite strip of metal around a volume demanded all of our expertise both from designers who wanted to make it seem easy and craftsmen who wanted to make it solid. Its just a simple coffee table; that has many good stories behind it.

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PHOTO CREDITS:

João Faria Concept

COPYRIGHTS:

João Faria

Emotional Object #018: ExCentric

FUNCTION:

Office furniture

LOCATION:

Porto, Portugal

YEAR:

2015

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ABOUT

ExCentric is a line of office furniture for.. Well.. People that think outside the box. Structure and elements are misaligned and provoke a sense of un equilibrium, remembering us all that there is another way to see reality. For now, the line is composed by a desk, a coffee table, a bookcase and a sideboard. For each and every one of them are four kind of wood finishes, as well as other customizations. Other technologies can be inserted in the desk, like a personal computer, WiFi or Bluetooth.

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PHOTO CREDITS:

João Faria Concept

COPYRIGHTS:

João Faria