“Eat with your eyes” this is certainly true, as a meal can be even more appealing depending on its presentation.
For any occasion, whether intimate or festive who doesn’t like to sit at a table carefully thought out to serve a meal that not only wins us over for its flavor, it wins us over for the story it tells?
The most famous and renowned chefs tend to create their recipes from cooking to their own presentation, often ordering specific tableware for the whole concept.
Portugal is famous for its high quality, original design, and locally made tableware, and here in Lisbon, there are a few brands and local stores that I can’t live without whenever I want to impress with my cookings.
This is probably one of the most unique and unusual ceramic brands in terms of design and Bordallo Pinheiro himself is one of the most relevant personalities of 19th-century Portuguese culture, with a remarkable production in ceramics creation.
The ceramics factory was built in 1884, in Caldas da Rainha, just outside Lisbon, on the West Coast where still today, hundreds of ceramic models of unique creativity are crafted, based on local traditions, inspired by fauna and flora.
At Lisbon store you will find irresistible ceramic items with the most varied motifs, which can work as decoration or tableware.
This one stands for luxury when shopping for fine china, crystal, glass, dinner sets, home decor, and gifts.
Founded in 1824, the Vista Alegre Porcelain Factory was the first industrial unit dedicated to the production of porcelain in Portugal.
By May 2001, Vista Alegre joined with the Atlantis group (crystal manufacturer) and created the largest national tableware Group and the sixth in the world in this specialty, the Grupo Vista Alegre Atlantis.
When choosing Vista Alegre, the Chiado store is really the place that shows us why this is one of the most historic and charismatic Portuguese brands. Here you will fall in love with the pieces signed by Portuguese artists, the collaborations with Lacroix and other international designers, the commemorative editions (as this brand even has an exclusive Collectors Club), the Atlantis Crystals and the pieces personalization service. Care for anything else? Don’t miss this suggestion!
The name stands for Pure Whitewash, but in this store you will be surprised by the color and variety of the most contemporary and current design that Portuguese pottery artists produce today.
It is considered one of the best decoration stores in the city and is definitely one of my favorites, even for the pop-up exhibitions they organize to promote new artists and works.
If you’re thinking about giving your home a new look, don’t miss this store.
Clay has always been one of the Portuguese most typical materials to express a creative vein and one of my favorite artists is Maria Castel-Branco.
If you are looking for exclusiveness and special orders her work is timeless and trendless and each piece is unique and based on the beautiful imperfections of hand made art.
At her studio, she creates all sorts of ceramic, pottery, decor objects, and tableware specially designed for some well-known chefs and hotels.
You can also find some of her work at Pura Cal store or you can contact her directly through her Instagram account.
DEPÓSITO DA MARINHA GRANDE
The first glass production factory – the Royal Glass Factory of Marinha Grande – was established by Marquis of Pombal in 1769.
Since then, the various factories in the Marinha Grande region have kept this centuries-old tradition alive, producing high quality and prestigious glass pieces blown manual.
This brand‘s glasses are a must at any Portuguese table, since our grandmother’s home lunches and at this brand’s Store and Showroom, you won’t find easy to choose between bottles, jars, lighting, and decorative items.