Behind Boca do Lobo’s Exclusive Furniture: Azulejo Technique
Hand painted tiles reflect the portuguese culture throughout the world. It is a form of art, painting tiles with a delicacy that only the masters of the crafts can perform, that has been representing a portuguese tradition with hundreds of years. Modern Dining Tables brings you today azulejos, an incredible technique behind Boca do Lobo‘s exclusive furniture.
Portugal, the country of whimsical beaches, Porto wine, seafood, and also azulejos. Even people who aren’t familiar with the term, they visually recall the ceramic tiles painted in blue artistic patterns, repeated in many historical buildings or as rich accent elements such as house numbers. Profoundly linked to architectural use, it is usually applied as wall covering decoration, layering large surface areas on both the inside and outside of buildings.
It is a very much praised form of art, so in 2017, portuguese government approved a law that came to protect the facade of historical buildings that are decorated with antique architectural forms such as crafted wood, azulejos and carved stone. Exclusive brand Boca do Lobo also aims to protect Portugal’s heritage when it comes to craftsmanship and so many of its most emblematic pieces use ancient techniques such as joinery and azulejo.
The Dom Heritage Cabinet was inspired on the portuguese culture and represents the history of the country. Used to tell tales and stories, azulejo tiles became increasingly popular during King Manuel’s reign, representing a landmark in Portuguese architecture. The Dom Heritage is a tribute to the country’s grand epoch, as well as to it’s traditional artisan crafts which Boca do Lobo seeks to keep alive.
The Heritage Dining Table is an iconic piece, that tells a story through the paintings on it. It fits with a very unique and contemporary design on your dining area. It brings class and sophistication with a lot to tell.
Boca do Lobo also believes that all of the customer’s needs must be fulfilled and so this brand customises a lot of its most iconic pieces. The image above represents the Heritage Dining Table on the Fairmont Hotel, Washington, where the tiles were handpainted with the most iconic images of Washington, portraying the greatness of the city.
The Heritage Sideboard is by far one of the most iconic pieces of Boca do Lobo. It is designed in layers and each layer tells a different story. The original piece represents the true azulejo technique painted in blue with floral patterns surrounding the main images.
For the Cococo Restaurant, St. Petersburg, there was a customisation of this unique piece with tropical patterns that would fit the rest of the restaurant’s design, creating a very fluid vibe of the room.