Home Design Firm PORTORO by Nathalie Henares Launches Its First Collection This 2020
A home is a place of comfort for the whole family. But PORTORO wants us to have a home that does not only serve as a safe space for everyone but also a place we can call our own. The Manila-based design consultancy company believes in the value of listening to their clients before anything else. And by listening, they really mean downright learning about their clients' personalities and aesthetic preferences. This intimate approach helps PORTORO determine a design that is spot on.
Recently, PORTORO launched its first home collection — one that is unique and exclusively available in the Philippines. The curated items can elevate the spaces of your space with ease — whether it's residential, corporate, or institutional. The collection features a combination of exquisitely curated finds and original designs.
The secret behind the versatility of the collection? Passion, a discerning eye, and expert craftsmanship. The collection's motif was taken from PORTORO's consultant's and designers' love for European and Asian motifs.
Nathalie Küpfer Henares, founder of PORTORO, helped design three of the items featured in the collection: the champagne cocktail napkin set, the Peony table napkin set, and the Italian-inspired Festa lacquer tray. "I wanted to weave together the minimalist aesthetic of modern European, essentially Italian design with the expert workmanship of Asian artisans," Nathalie explained. Each item is hand-made by expert artisans across the globe. Nathalie discovered the pieces she wanted to include in her collection during her many travels or through her experiences dealing with artisans.
"For me, it isn’t only about the beauty of the objects, but also the story and emotions they convey. Whenever I buy an objet d’art, tableware, or even household linens, I always already know where I would put them in my home, how I would use them, and in what context" Nathalie expounds.
She added that with certain "location-specific items like the service plates from Limoges and the Murano glassware designed by Carlo Moretti, there are aspects of their design that, surprisingly, call to mind Asian elements: the texture of the porcelain calls to mind the skin of yuzu, the citron that grows in East Asia, while the incredibly simple look of the glassware would not look out of place within the clean lines of a Japanese table setting."
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Interestingly, Nathalie's inspiration in her designs was influenced by her travels prior to becoming an interior consultant. But her passion for homes had always existed within her even when she was working in marketing and branding beforehand. "My love of design in general was cultivated by my French mother. When I was much younger, she would take me to France, particularly to Provence where we had a holiday home. While there we would visit shops and markets where we would find amazing vintage items and accents which we used to decorate the place," she shared. Nathalie also admitted that she wanted to share the memorable experience with her clients" she shares.
Perhaps this is also where her brand's vision stems from. "[I]t isn’t only about the beauty of the objects, but the story and the emotions they convey. [O]ur clients also ask us to look for rare and unique pieces to enhance their interiors or for the pleasure of collecting," she said.
Now, who wouldn't want a home filled with timeless pieces that make it look and feel lush and personal?
Nathalie takes pride in PORTORO's in-house team's collaborative spirit. Creating pieces that evoke beauty requires skill. But crafting pieces that an individual can deeply appreciate and admire requires something else.
These must-have rare pieces can definitely spruce up any home — even yours. Find a few items that speak to you from PORTORO's collection and give it a new home.
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