You’ll be able to discover The Secrets of Filigree at the Craftsmanship Summit 2018, but now My Design Agenda will tell you more about this amazing art form. The ancient art of filigree was born during the Roman Period and it was passed down through generations of skilled medieval jewelers. We can say it’s a special spin on the work of the Byzantine Goldsmiths of Constantinople.
Since that time, filigree became immensely popular in Europe and Asia especially in countries such as India, Italy, and of course, Portugal. Deeply embedded in Portugal’s history and culture, there are countless brilliant examples of this remarkable technique.
Filigree is the most delicate technique used to work precious metals, usually of gold and silver. It is an age-old and detailed jewelry expression in which skilled artisans painstakingly solder tiny beads and twisted threads to create striking artistic motifs, suggesting often an exquisite and intricate lace-like pattern.
The fine wire elements are soldered together to create small and rich accessories, usually jewelry pieces such as rings and necklaces, but in a bold, and certainly unexpected move, Boca do Lobo has been mastering the art turning it into upscale masterpieces.
In the old days there were around 120 artisans, and in less than ten years there are only 12 filigree artists in Portugal. There are a lot of items conceived by machines naming it as filigree, but then there are things that engines will never be able to do.
An example of a luxury brand that use Filigree in their furniture pieces is Boca do Lobo. This brand strives to encourage sensational experiences by creating beautiful pieces which are passionately inspired and handcrafted in Portugal by a staff that loves what they do; experiences which pass on the feeling of exclusivity. The brand’s furniture is an exclusive emotional experience, a sense of belonging and a state of mind. A good example is The Filigree Mirror. Completely handcrafted, with each brass cord fitted with precision, the Filigree Mirror flourishes in a shape traditional to Portuguese culture and art. A true work of art the luxurious mirror plays tribute to Boca do Lobo’s core values heritage and craftsmanship.
You’ll be able to learn more about Filigree and it’s artisans at the Luxury Design & Craftsmanship Summit 2018 in Gondomar, Oporto, in the 20th and the 21st of June. Don’t miss it!