Category Archives: Oficina

Drawing, thinking Calvino: Despina

“De duas maneiras se chega a Despina: de navio ou de camelo. A cidade apresenta-se diferente a quem vem por terra e a quem vem por mar. O condutor de camelos que vê aparecer no horizonte do planalto os pináculos

Drawing, thinking Calvino: Despina

“De duas maneiras se chega a Despina: de navio ou de camelo. A cidade apresenta-se diferente a quem vem por terra e a quem vem por mar. O condutor de camelos que vê aparecer no horizonte do planalto os pináculos

Clay Morphosis: 2017

  Clay object  family, my first ever foray into modelling clay! I chose to construct four small objects, which will show the progression of a form that begins life upright, then starts to melt and finally morphs into a bowl. The

Clay Morphosis: 2017

  Clay object  family, my first ever foray into modelling clay! I chose to construct four small objects, which will show the progression of a form that begins life upright, then starts to melt and finally morphs into a bowl. The

Drawing, thinking Calvino: Zora

“Depois de passar seis rios e três cadeias de montanhas surge Zora, cidade que quem a viu uma vez nunca mais pode esquecer. (…) O homem que sabe de cor como é Zora imagina nas noites em que não consegue

Drawing, thinking Calvino: Zora

“Depois de passar seis rios e três cadeias de montanhas surge Zora, cidade que quem a viu uma vez nunca mais pode esquecer. (…) O homem que sabe de cor como é Zora imagina nas noites em que não consegue

Product Design Review: 2016

Object family 2016, as designed and executed.

I like to conceptualize objects in families.

This family is about angularity, and a gradual deviation from 90 degrees square.

DIREITO [Upright] floating shelf

RECLINADO [Reclining] display module

EQUILIBRIUM lamp

Product Design Review: 2016

Object family 2016, as designed and executed.

I like to conceptualize objects in families.

This family is about angularity, and a gradual deviation from 90 degrees square.

DIREITO [Upright] floating shelf

RECLINADO [Reclining] display module

EQUILIBRIUM lamp

Equilibrium Lamp

I designed this “EQUILIBRIUM” lamp inspired by the leaning tower of Pisa, an exercise in equilibrium vis-à-vis centre of gravity. The salvaged light fitting is from a second-hand store, and the electrics were restored by RUUM GALLERY (Instagram: @ruum_gallery ) The base/pedestal is in

Equilibrium Lamp

I designed this “EQUILIBRIUM” lamp inspired by the leaning tower of Pisa, an exercise in equilibrium vis-à-vis centre of gravity. The salvaged light fitting is from a second-hand store, and the electrics were restored by RUUM GALLERY (Instagram: @ruum_gallery ) The base/pedestal is in

Reclinado display module

  I designed this  “RECLINADO” desktop display module in  Umbila, one of Mozambique’s timbers, and handmade to my specifications. The wood was shaped, waxed and polished by hand, by local carpenter Sr Vasco. See the rest of the product family here

Reclinado display module

  I designed this  “RECLINADO” desktop display module in  Umbila, one of Mozambique’s timbers, and handmade to my specifications. The wood was shaped, waxed and polished by hand, by local carpenter Sr Vasco. See the rest of the product family here

Drawing, thinking Calvino: Anastásia

“Ao cabo de três dias, andando para o meio-dia, o homem encontra-se em Anastásia, cidade banhada por canais concêntricos e sobrevoada por grandes papagaios de papel. Eu deveria agora (…) falar das mulheres que vi tomar banho na piscina de

Drawing, thinking Calvino: Anastásia

“Ao cabo de três dias, andando para o meio-dia, o homem encontra-se em Anastásia, cidade banhada por canais concêntricos e sobrevoada por grandes papagaios de papel. Eu deveria agora (…) falar das mulheres que vi tomar banho na piscina de

Drawing, thinking Calvino: Zaira

“(…) Não é disto que é feita a cidade, mas sim das relações entre as medidas do seu espaço e os acontecimentos do seu passado: (…) o fio estendido do lampião à varanda da frente e os arcos que enfeitam

Drawing, thinking Calvino: Zaira

“(…) Não é disto que é feita a cidade, mas sim das relações entre as medidas do seu espaço e os acontecimentos do seu passado: (…) o fio estendido do lampião à varanda da frente e os arcos que enfeitam

Temporal Horizon (Absent Body)

 Manuel Amado, Terrace with Chair II (1992), 73x100cm, Oil on canvas. Image source: Artist’s website / http://www.manuelamado.com (sourced on 5/10/2016) TEMPORAL HORIZON (ABSENT BODY) There is a presence in the painting, an absent body. The chair as body, replacing the body who

Temporal Horizon (Absent Body)

 Manuel Amado, Terrace with Chair II (1992), 73x100cm, Oil on canvas. Image source: Artist’s website / http://www.manuelamado.com (sourced on 5/10/2016) TEMPORAL HORIZON (ABSENT BODY) There is a presence in the painting, an absent body. The chair as body, replacing the body who

Drawing, thinking Calvino: Doroteia

“(…) Até então eu só tinha conhecido o deserto e as pistas das caravanas. Nessa manhã em Doroteia senti que não havia nenhum bem na vida a que eu não pudesse aspirar (…)“ Reading Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities (As Cidades Invisíveis,

Drawing, thinking Calvino: Doroteia

“(…) Até então eu só tinha conhecido o deserto e as pistas das caravanas. Nessa manhã em Doroteia senti que não havia nenhum bem na vida a que eu não pudesse aspirar (…)“ Reading Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities (As Cidades Invisíveis,

Internal Weather (Still Body)

Paula Rego, Amor [Love] (1995), 120x160cm, Pastel on paper over aluminium board. Image source: Casa das Histórias Paula Rego / http://www.casadashistoriaspaularego.com (sourced on 5/10/2016) INTERNAL WEATHER (STILL BODY) Love and its twin companions, hurt and longing, are trapped in the woman’s

Internal Weather (Still Body)

Paula Rego, Amor [Love] (1995), 120x160cm, Pastel on paper over aluminium board. Image source: Casa das Histórias Paula Rego / http://www.casadashistoriaspaularego.com (sourced on 5/10/2016) INTERNAL WEATHER (STILL BODY) Love and its twin companions, hurt and longing, are trapped in the woman’s

Drawing, thinking Calvino: Isidora

“(…) Finalmente chega a Isidora, cidade onde os prédios têm escadas de caracol incrustadas de búzios marinhos, onde se fabricam artísticos telescópios e violinos, onde quando o forasteiro está indeciso entre duas mulheres encontra sempre uma terceira (…). A cidade

Drawing, thinking Calvino: Isidora

“(…) Finalmente chega a Isidora, cidade onde os prédios têm escadas de caracol incrustadas de búzios marinhos, onde se fabricam artísticos telescópios e violinos, onde quando o forasteiro está indeciso entre duas mulheres encontra sempre uma terceira (…). A cidade

Signs of Purposefulness in Objects

Very pleased with the outcome of my first “DIREITO” floating shelf design  in lovely Umbila wood, one of our country’s treasures. The slight groove towards the back, nearest to the wall, was conceived to keep picture frames in position. The vertical returns

Signs of Purposefulness in Objects

Very pleased with the outcome of my first “DIREITO” floating shelf design  in lovely Umbila wood, one of our country’s treasures. The slight groove towards the back, nearest to the wall, was conceived to keep picture frames in position. The vertical returns

Travessia

 Travessia, Portuguese for Crossing, is a micro-publication (or non-political pamphlet, if you will), with visual notes of a specific leg of the trip to Ilha do Ibo (Ibo Island, Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique) back in 2002.  The photos were made with a not

Travessia

 Travessia, Portuguese for Crossing, is a micro-publication (or non-political pamphlet, if you will), with visual notes of a specific leg of the trip to Ilha do Ibo (Ibo Island, Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique) back in 2002.  The photos were made with a not

Drawing, thinking Calvino: Diomira

“Partindo dali e andando três dias para levante, o homem encontra-se em Diomira, cidade com sessenta cúpolas de prata, estátuas de bronze de todos os deuses, ruas pavimentadas a estanho, um teatro de cristal e um galo de ouro que

Drawing, thinking Calvino: Diomira

“Partindo dali e andando três dias para levante, o homem encontra-se em Diomira, cidade com sessenta cúpolas de prata, estátuas de bronze de todos os deuses, ruas pavimentadas a estanho, um teatro de cristal e um galo de ouro que

Eyes That See / 2

Photo: Pía Riverola (Freunde von Freunden), House in Santa Catarina / Mexico by Emmanuel Picault & Ludwig Godefroy (2015) A CASA – TEMPLO Uma futura ruína contempla a eternidade. A casa-templo, clássica em composição, mas não em proporção, eleva-se sobre

Eyes That See / 2

Photo: Pía Riverola (Freunde von Freunden), House in Santa Catarina / Mexico by Emmanuel Picault & Ludwig Godefroy (2015) A CASA – TEMPLO Uma futura ruína contempla a eternidade. A casa-templo, clássica em composição, mas não em proporção, eleva-se sobre

Eyes That See / 1

Photo: Marta Henriques, Haivaro boys / Papua New Guinea (2009) sup i papwa (THE LAND BELOW THE SUNSET) Wakali, Papua New Guinea. The children look old. It’s the eyes. Are they not carefree? Over the last two years, I have

Eyes That See / 1

Photo: Marta Henriques, Haivaro boys / Papua New Guinea (2009) sup i papwa (THE LAND BELOW THE SUNSET) Wakali, Papua New Guinea. The children look old. It’s the eyes. Are they not carefree? Over the last two years, I have

O Vôo / Flight

O Vôo / Flight : 300 x 130 x 150mm / pine wood, wire, modelling clay. A small exercise in homage to sculptor Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966).

O Vôo / Flight

O Vôo / Flight : 300 x 130 x 150mm / pine wood, wire, modelling clay. A small exercise in homage to sculptor Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966).

Thinking, drawing and making

One of our first tasks at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane’s degree in Architecture was to learn how to draw – by hand. This was back in 1999 in Maputo, and I was a first year student.

Thinking, drawing and making

One of our first tasks at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane’s degree in Architecture was to learn how to draw – by hand. This was back in 1999 in Maputo, and I was a first year student.

Portfolio preview

I am currently compiling a print version of my portfolio, highlighting projects across all five categories present in this blog. More preview images here.

Portfolio preview

I am currently compiling a print version of my portfolio, highlighting projects across all five categories present in this blog. More preview images here.

Hellenica sculpture serie (2008-2010)

 Greece – Hellenica – is more than a physical place. Like most ancient cultures, it has produced universal lessons about human nature, lessons that transcend space and time. Greek myths have a particular format – the tragedy! the horror! –

Hellenica sculpture serie (2008-2010)

 Greece – Hellenica – is more than a physical place. Like most ancient cultures, it has produced universal lessons about human nature, lessons that transcend space and time. Greek myths have a particular format – the tragedy! the horror! –

Hellenica I : Narcissus (2008-2009)

 Narcissus – the man who fell in love with his own reflection in the waters of a river, and drowned when he attempted to kiss it one day. The sculpture represents the moment just before his plunge. The black around him

Hellenica I : Narcissus (2008-2009)

 Narcissus – the man who fell in love with his own reflection in the waters of a river, and drowned when he attempted to kiss it one day. The sculpture represents the moment just before his plunge. The black around him

Hellenica II: The Cave (2009)

   The Cave – Plato’s allegory proposes that there are two worlds: a prefect or ideal one which we should seek, and the one in which we currently live (the cave). The cave is made of shadows of the perfect

Hellenica II: The Cave (2009)

   The Cave – Plato’s allegory proposes that there are two worlds: a prefect or ideal one which we should seek, and the one in which we currently live (the cave). The cave is made of shadows of the perfect

Hellenica III: Orpheus & Eurydice (2009-2010)

   Orpheus & Eurydice – this is a tragic myth, in which Eurydice was kidnapped by the god of the underworld – Hades – on the day of her wedding to Orpheus. Orpheus, a virtuoso in the arts and an

Hellenica III: Orpheus & Eurydice (2009-2010)

   Orpheus & Eurydice – this is a tragic myth, in which Eurydice was kidnapped by the god of the underworld – Hades – on the day of her wedding to Orpheus. Orpheus, a virtuoso in the arts and an

Studies for a versatile wedding dress

June 2010 – A dear friend was getting married in December 2010 and wanted to explore ideas for a wedding dress, which would be more like a cocktail dress, so as to be re-usable (!). In the end, she chose traditional silk

Studies for a versatile wedding dress

June 2010 – A dear friend was getting married in December 2010 and wanted to explore ideas for a wedding dress, which would be more like a cocktail dress, so as to be re-usable (!). In the end, she chose traditional silk

Shamis-Sá Mobile for Baby

August 2010 – This felt mobile for dear friends Vanessa and Khalid was based on a study of origami bird shapes. I initially wanted to make the birds out of felt squares, but the material wouldn’t hold the shape as well as origami paper, and

Shamis-Sá Mobile for Baby

August 2010 – This felt mobile for dear friends Vanessa and Khalid was based on a study of origami bird shapes. I initially wanted to make the birds out of felt squares, but the material wouldn’t hold the shape as well as origami paper, and

The Octopus, The Boat, The Imperialists and A Dark Cloud (over the Poets)

May 2009 – Concept and execution of festive installation The Octopus, The Boat, The Imperialists and A Dark Cloud, for Chimurenga Library project for CAPE PLATFORM 09 Art Biennale, Cape Town Central Library, Drill Hall, Cape Town, Reference and Poetry

The Octopus, The Boat, The Imperialists and A Dark Cloud (over the Poets)

May 2009 – Concept and execution of festive installation The Octopus, The Boat, The Imperialists and A Dark Cloud, for Chimurenga Library project for CAPE PLATFORM 09 Art Biennale, Cape Town Central Library, Drill Hall, Cape Town, Reference and Poetry

Studies for a hanging lamp – WL01

2009 – A wall-mounted lamp made by assembling ready-made elements such as a shelving bracket. Ideal as reading lamp over bed.

Studies for a hanging lamp – WL01

2009 – A wall-mounted lamp made by assembling ready-made elements such as a shelving bracket. Ideal as reading lamp over bed.

Study for an Album Cover

 2009-2010 – This draft was prepared for musician and composer Neo Muyanga as a possible cover for a forthcoming guitar album.  Neo’s music “plays along the boundaries of the crafted and the improvised – songs made become songs found. the music is hybridized –

Study for an Album Cover

 2009-2010 – This draft was prepared for musician and composer Neo Muyanga as a possible cover for a forthcoming guitar album.  Neo’s music “plays along the boundaries of the crafted and the improvised – songs made become songs found. the music is hybridized –

Auto-Retrato no Tempo da Crise (self-portrait)

November 2008 – I began experimenting with collage back in 2002, whilst still a student of architecture at UCT. This self-portrait was the first attempt at using a combination of graphic cut-outs on paper, magazine images, a play of scale and relief/shadow. None

Auto-Retrato no Tempo da Crise (self-portrait)

November 2008 – I began experimenting with collage back in 2002, whilst still a student of architecture at UCT. This self-portrait was the first attempt at using a combination of graphic cut-outs on paper, magazine images, a play of scale and relief/shadow. None