In July, Apaixonarte will open its gallery to conscious design. From the 8th to the 20th of July, the designer Sandra Guerreiro illuminates us with the installation JOGOS DE LUZ. From the 22nd of July to the 3rd of August, we will have an exhibition of the most outstanding pieces by 9 artisans, represented by Loulé Design Lab.

Since 2017, Loulé Design Lab, the creative, research and experimental wing of the Loulé Criativo project of Loulé city council, has helped to establish a vibrant creative community in the Algarve.
By applying design aesthetics to the local culture and collaboration with artisans, the discovery of new materials and sustainable resources form the basis for the creation of pieces that promote the artistic identity of the region.

The artisans who will be part of this show are: Esmirna, Fornature Design, Mess, Pure, Dobra, Like Cork, Ramalhete, Frágil e Wesley Sacardi.


Textile works including rugs, wall hangings, mobiles and table display pieces, inspired by the natural landscape of the Algarve region and especially the Ria Formosa area. These are all unique hand crafted pieces made with the latch hook technique, or “Esmirna”.

Furniture inspired by nature which combines innovative design with traditional techniques, using local materials such as clay and cane. The project is based on three pillars: environmental sustainability, local context, and the innovation of traditional design featuring local resources.

The design and handcrafting of multifunctional surfaces for interiors, walls and coasters, which contributes to diminishing the ecological footprint of the discarded waste of the construction, architecture and decoration industries by transforming it into the raw materials to be reused as art and decoration.

The PURE Belovedbynature products are a conscious artisanal creation using only the purest materials that Nature has to offer. Dream Herbs are small dream pillows filled with aromatic herbs to be placed next to your pillow at night to help you relax and fall asleep, giving you a more restful night.

Dobra seeks to bring out the potential of palm frond weaving in its widest context, to bring innovation to the craft via extensive research and experimentation. From the environmental and social dimensions, to the evolution of its manufacture, resulting in functional items for everyday use.

The LikeCork brand combines the Portuguese adventurous spirit and respect for nature with innovative organic and eco-friendly products. Uses predominantly cork, for the richness of its properties, its quality and the comfort that it provides.

In a design dematerialization context, solving problems through new concepts, with a conscious ecological attitude, choosing local resources and conciliate them with new materials. Creating objects with ingrained identity but harmonized to a universal concept.

Frágil Jewellery is a contemporary jewellery design brand that explores the relationship between forms of nature and its materials, ranging from silver, copper and brass to porcelain and glass. The makers’ fascination for jewellery inspired the discovery of new materials and techniques that is infused in each piece, with porcelain being the common link stemming from the makers previous work in ceramics.

The Descartes Series – beyond raw material, consists of the study of the reuse of wood to develop furniture pieces. The work consists of the development of pieces, in the area of ecodesign, based on handcrafting techniques, and explores free production forms, where it seeks to maintain the identity of the wood used as well as other ecological, recycled or locally sourced elements, all with full creative freedom.