Lisbon, The Design City

Fontana Park, Design Hotel, Lisbon

Lisbon’s design biennial Experimenta Design will be back in 2009 (now also taking place in Amsterdam), but there are already some related events this year. The official launch is this month with the first world exhibition about Swiss architect Peter Zumthor.  It’s called “Peter Zumthor – Buildings and Projects 1986-2007” and focuses on the architect’s creative process, showing 29 of his projects through mock-ups and sketches.  Six of the large-scale mock-ups stand out for their physical impact, while two video installations reveal other aspects of the architect’s vision.  This exhibition is found in the Alcântara district on Rua Rodrigues Faria, 103.

Architecture and design buffs will also want to check out the temporary exhibitions of the Design & Fashion Museum, showing a few pieces from its outstanding collection in a small temporary space in Alfama as the museum prepares to be reopened in its new home.

In between these visits, continue with design in mind, and have your meals in stylish cafes and restaurants. Stop by Café Royale in Chiado for a light lunch surrounded by the contemporary Scandinavian décor of the space, and dine in style at Yasmin, a restaurant where the food is just as attractive as its furnishings and interior design.

All of that after checking out the boutiques of Lisbon’s most prominent designers Fatima Lopes and Ana Salazar, but also taking a look at the bold new talent in the city, in Storytailors’s fantastic space in Chiado. If you continue to be in the shopping mood, head on to Santos, the city’s designated “Design District,” home to Lisbon’s top interior design shops.  Stay in the area for a drink or the increasingly popular sushi at Estado Liquido.

At the end of the day, relax at your design hotel, Fontana Park uptown, or Jeronimos 8 right next to the city’s main architectural landmarks in Belem.

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