A striking midnight blue door gave way to Ana’s and Felipa’s studio in the heart of Campo de Ourique in Lisbon, facing the Jardim da Parada. The two radiant young women welcomed us into the well lit and comfortable interior of their office. A curiosity to touch the beautiful crafts placed on shelves and between books overcame us both immediately but instead we stepped into the next room, facing an interior courtyard. It was welcoming and generous, the two desks standing opposite each other seemed well suited for work, each equipped in their respective manner.
An interesting and inspiring morning unfolded with conversation about the importance of keeping Portuguese culture and crafts alive, about convincing old craftsmen and artisans to pass on their knowledge and about working women simultaneously managing a job and children. A certain aura of possibility filled the room and stayed with us all day, making us hopeful towards the future, shaped by bold young women like Ana and Felipa.
Ana Anahory and Felipa Almeida run an architecture, interior and furniture design studio together in Lisbon, Portugal, since 2011. Their work focusses on Portuguese culture, in particular on the use of ceramics and the re-interpretation of old crafts with a contemporary take.