Today, Best Interior Designers will talk a little about the Art of Azulejos! This is a traditional technique commonly used in Portugal for centuries, mostly in historical buildings as a wall covering decoration, layering large surface areas on the inside or outside of buildings.
Over the last years, it has also started being used in interior design, primarily in the manufacturing of furniture and accessories. Around the world, this practice is best known as ceramic tiles, painted in blue artistic patterns.
This art gives a whole new aesthetic value to a creation and reflects a tradition of hundreds of years, where important moments of history are often portrayed on the tiles.
Azulejo can be defined as a clay or ceramic plate piece, generally with a square shape decorated with glazed colorful designs, and the majority of tiles shows Moorish designs which have curvilinear, lacelike and looping designs, or even have geometric or floral motifs.
This unique art form has been used consistently by the Portuguese and the Spanish, as well as the former colonies of these countries. This technique is very much rooted in the soul of these countries, especially Portugal. One of the main luxury brands that create the most iconic design pieces using this highly curated technique is contemporary furniture brand, Boca do Lobo, seeking to honor this incredible treasure.
This ornate and refined art was the inspiration behind the brand’s Heritage series, a collection that displays different layers, each one illustrating a different story. Among the remaining Portuguese artists of azulejo and a member of Boca do Lobo’s team is Mr Araújo, a brilliant mind who is always looking to create antique things and historic panels in a forward-thinking way. An artist who loves to draw and to paint since he was a little boy.
The process is very meticulous. A tile is chosen to see if it is cracked, the good ones have a hollow sound when hit against each other. The drawing is on a parchment paper that is drawn with a graffiti pen and stamped with a coal pencil in the tile. The paintwork is done with water-based paint, a powder that is mixed with water to work the density.