Portugal (also) has incredible talents, but the real idea is spotting them. This is when the interior decorator Sandra Da Costa steps in. A native of Lusitania, she navigates between Paris and Lisbon, surrounded by a network of artisans with whom she creates collections of decorative contemporary accessories with the label Lusa Luso.
A new made in Portuga address
After a first confidential window-display in the 11th, Lusa Luso recently moved to a lovely boutique on Boulevard Voltaire, dedicated to made in Portugal craftsmanship.
Here, Sandra mingles the pieces of her own label with stylish objets she spots during her numerous outings. The result is pretty soaps in the azulejos tradition, candles in soja wax perfumed with essential oils (€35), graphic hand-painted mugs (€15), high-end Bruyère honey (€6.90), furiously trendy satchel bags in raffia (35 €) frieze carpets in recycled fibres (€135 ).
Another winner, the ceramic swallow to fix on the wall (€12), a real emblem of Portuguese culture, presented in several colours.
Ceramic is chic
Remember the name! Anna Westerlund, a Portuguese-Swedish ceramics artisan in the spotlight, creates teapots and pitchers which she customises with pieces of fabric and pearls on the handles. Furiously poetic creations to grab before everyone else (count €50).