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The Candour of Innocence: Looking at Portuguese Design

The more fashions and styles become standardised, consumer society serves up look-alike commodities, and huge companies become supranational, the more design brandishes its particular national identity. Design seems to seek vitality in a return to its cultural roots. So it is no surprise that many of the most significant and exciting design products on the contemporary scene hail from countries that do not yet enjoy economic prosperity, and whose history and geography have sheltered from social and cultural standardisation. The best Portuguese design projects have all the freshness of the newcomer, the moral rigueur of the recent convert and the playfulness of a people with the future ahead of them. They exude a Utopian hopefulness, a confidence that high quality design will redeem the merely commercial. It was also not surprising that the cat walks for ModaLisboa, Portugal’s major...

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