In 2016, during his first visit to Portugal, Javier Gomez was exposed to the art of Portuguese manufacturing at a textile fair, something that left a lasting impression on him. Portugal produces for leading brands worldwide, but, in his opinion, the value of Portuguese design and manufacturing often goes unnoticed, especially in the United States.
Drawn to craftsmanship and inspired by the knowledge gap, the designer began collaborating in the Portuguese furniture and textile sectors to produce his own line of furniture in Portugal.
Three years later, in early March 2020, his life changed. He came to Portugal to launch a design event, and due to COVID, with the world shutting down, he decided to stay in Portugal, becoming a Portuguese resident. Driven by the new project and a passion for revealing the hidden potential that thrives in Portuguese design, manufacturing, and culture, the Portuguese Quartier concept was born.
During the January edition of Maison&Objet 2023, the Portuguese Quartier project was a space created to encourage the growth of innovative ideas and showcase the evolving Portuguese aesthetic. It was a curated network of design brands, decorators, designers, architects, manufacturers, and suppliers covering fashion, art, food, wine, music, and lifestyle. The broader initiative highlighted the connection and artistic exchange where local meets international, a hybrid concept where the world can experience what Portugal has to offer.
“Portuguese Quartier Café” – projeto na Maison&Objet 2023