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10 Renowned designers, 10 Research Projects

Portugal

Corticeira Amorim presented the METAMORPHOSIS project, the result of a research and development project on the potential of cork. METAMORPHOSIS was designed to stimulate the innovative, creative and cutting-edge use of cork, as a unique raw material. The curatorial concept was based on the ideal to broaden the horizons of this decidedly Portuguese material.

Pritzker Prize winners, Álvaro Siza, Eduardo Souto de Moura and Herzog & de Meuron were invited to participate in the project, along with celebrated architects Alejandro Aravena, Amanda Levete, João Luís Carrilho da Graça and Manuel Aires Mateus as well as three top product designers, James Irvine, Jasper Morrison and Naoto Fukasawa.

Commissioned by Experimentadesign, Metamorphosis was one of the central exhibitions of the Experimentadesign's EXD'13 Biennale - "No Borders"

"This exhibition, with works by renowned architects and designers highlights the enormous potential of a product for which Portugal is the world leader."

- Cavaco Silva, President of the Portuguese Republic