Creating Circu: The Delicate Craftsmanship Behind Luxury Design
Circu’s hand-crafted and hand-tailored pieces are made by the best and most experienced craftsmen in Portugal, combining the finest materials with a lot of passion, so the brand can deliver only the highest quality furnishings. Circu’s magical universe is one of uniqueness, passion and design experience. But it’s also one of hard work, perseverance and talented hands. Behind every single luxury design piece, there’s a pair of luxurious and delicate hands, scarred by time and labour that makes the designer’s dream come true: the dream of a unique yet familiar piece, one that stands out for its design but at the same time makes you feel like home.
Mr. Jose wakes up early every morning… but that morning was different. He turned on the tap to wash his face but let the water run and stopped to look at his hands. They were tired and worn out. But Jose was not sad about it because he knows that it is his hands that make a difference in a world full of industrial vulgarities. On the other side of the world, Sue, a kind young girl, is lying down on her delicate princess bed. But Sue doesn´t know that was the hands that moulded that magical piece, one day after the other.
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His hands bring joy to children all over the world. It is with them that wood is shaped, which will be the basis of a fantastic bed, a magical mirror or a toy box. José is a Portuguese craftsman and he is very proud of helping Circu becoming a world-renowned brand, with unique pieces made by hand… his and his colleague’s hands. Jose and Sue are connected although they do not know of each other’s existence. Craftsmanship is their meeting point.
Craftsmen are often unsung. Their names are unknown. Their works, taken for granted. Fortunately, some events and organizations are changing the status quo. The MichelAngelo Foundation and BrHands are two bright examples, ones that cannot be missed. Besides raising awareness for the endangerment of these delicate and ancient arts, they also celebrate the hands that perform them. Shinning the spotlight on these tireless creators.
One of the pieces that translate the craftsman work perfectly is the magical mirror. Inspired by the mirror of the wicked witch of Snow White, this kids’ mirror is also magical! A unique item that appears as a normal mirror but, it turns into a movie screen, due to the 22’’ TV inside. Made entirely by hand, using traditional techniques of carving, it features silver leaf finishes with pink translucent varnish applied.
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