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Gonçalo Lopes Cardoso

  • Atelier Encaixe
  • Woodworker
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Master Artisan
Gonçalo Lopes Cardoso Woodworker
Portuguese, English, Spanish
Monday to Friday 09:30 - 13:00/14:30 - 18:00
+351 918034499
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Nurturing wood

  • • Gonçalo is in his element when working with wood
  • • His restored pieces preserve the wood and its memories
  • • He uses his wood crafting techniques in diverse contexts

At Atelier Encaixe, Gonçalo Lopes Cardoso and his team ensure that all furniture parts fit perfectly together. Gonçalo first started restoring pieces after refining his woodcarving, carpentry and gilding techniques at the Fundação Ricardo do Espírito Santo Silva Arts and Crafts Institute and specialising in conservation and restoration. Holding an MBA degree and an entrepreneurship award, Gonçalo constantly expands his knowledge by exploring new materials and methods to create his own pieces. “Portugal has a long tradition with wooden furniture and the colonies exposed artisans to diverse wood types and colours.” The Portuguese Heroes furniture collection celebrates history while being a modern interpretation of this rich heritage.

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This rectangular extendable table is composed of two separate tables that fit together. An additional rectangular top, makes it possible to extend the table through bearings embedded in its skirt, making the tables maximum length 360 cm. The table is principally crafted from beech wood and is laminated with tacula. The techniques used are a classic tongue and groove joint. The finish is natural beeswax made by Gonçalo Lopes Cardoso.

Length 360 cm
Width 100 cm
Height 85 cm

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This set of chairs, part of a series of four, are built in the same manner but from different wood varities: wenge, beech and tacula. Gonçalo Lopes Cardoso uses traditional techniques to build the chairs and contrasts the wood against the natural straw seats. The chairs are finished with a coat of natural beeswax made by Gonçalo.

Length 46 cm
Width 45 cm
Height 80 cm

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This sideboard is built from an oak veneer structure, its legs are laminated with taupe and wenge at an angle. The sideboard is built with tongue and grooves. The front has two doors, the door interiors have a shelf in the middle and in the middle of the sideboard there is a compartment with a shelf. The sideboard is finished with a natural beeswax made by Gonçalo Lopes Cardoso.

Length 80 cm
Width 42.5 cm
Height 70 cm

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