André Teoman Studio, co-founded by André Teoman and later joined by Ana Rita Pires, specializes in preserving traditional craftsmanship, blending forgotten techniques with artistry, and creating emotionally engaging pieces.
André Teoman born in Viana do Castelo, Portugal in 1989, was raised between Viana do Castelo and Istanbul. Teoman took design classes in Viana do Castelo. His experience in the world of puppetry and theater also had an effect on his love for the fantasy world.
In 2012, he left his hometown for Porto to start working with several luxury design furniture brands such as Boca do Lobo and Koket, where he developed pieces like the Newton Dining Table, Piccadilly Cabinet or the Hypnotic Chandelier considered trends from many trendsetters. He also won the Young Design International 2014 Award by the Light + Building Messe Frankfurt Fair. By the end of 2014 he left to start a new adventure…. his own studio that started in the beginning of 2015.
Making a difference at his hometown local artisans is now as important as to make meaningful projects. Preserving such craftsmanship is a mission and a desire to join their best craftsmanship with other great techniques that are being forgotten around the world. He creates his own world with wicked things and to turn them into a symbolization of distinctive taste and humor. Looking at emotion as one of his priorities the pieces have this strong emotional bond with the concept that makes the user look twice and think about it.
His recent work has already begun to be noticed and awarded. The invitation to be part of the Portuguese Design Biennale with the Kaleidoscope table was an important milestone of 2015 that was followed by the Welcome to the Club exhibition in the beginning of 2016 in the ShowMe Art & Design Gallery. Some of his pieces have been seen in international shows such as the Tent London or the Salone Satellite, or more exclusive spaces like the Mint Shop that gave the studio a new international approach.
ANA RITA PIRES
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.” and it’s the way I approach all projects, all challenges and life itself as a designer.
This quote accompanies me throughout my professional career. After 7 years working in the textile area, I thought it was time to stop, grow and continue to learn new things. At Vianetece I had the chance to develop textile collections, both for the company and outside brands like ZaraHome or KenayHome. It was my responsibility to develop new ideas, collections and drawings and accompany the entire design process, from the first sample to the final piece. I met several people from various fields who helped me understand the world of textiles.
The visits to international fairs like Maison et Objet, Isaloni, Tent London, or Frankfurt’s Ambiente are a must go to inspire my work. I need to be always updated to all different market trends to input it in my work.
During all this time, I collaborated on several projects with André Teoman and in 2020 we joined 100% to continue together in all the works for the Studio.