National Design in the spotlight
Miguel Vieira Baptista receives international award in Germany
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Miguel Vieira Baptista, designer and professor in the Department of Communication and Art at the University of Aveiro, was chosen to receive the "Audi Mentorprize by A & W" award granted annually by the German magazine Architektur & Wohnen (A & W), one of the leading publications of the country dedicated to architecture, design and life. The distinction was held recently at the Cologne Furniture Fair, one of the world's most important fairs of equipment and furniture design.

It has been 16 years since the magazine A & W distinguishes the work of a designer and awards the prize "A & W Designer of the Year during the Cologne Trade Fair." This year, the choice fell on the French Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec who appointed the Portuguese Miguel Vieira Baptista for the award Mentorprize.

As "Designer of the year", the brothers Bouroullec held, in Cologne, a retrospective exhibition of their work, in which was also integrated a selection of pieces from the Portuguese artist.

The French Bouroullec brothers succeed to other prominent names in product design, such as the Italian Achille Castiglioni, Frenchman Philippe Starck, the German Konstantin Grcic and Spanish Patricia Urquiola.


Miguel Vieira Baptista: multimedia designer


Designer, professor in the Department of Communication and Art at the University of Aveiro and in the School of Arts and Design of Caldas da Rainha, Miguel Vieira Baptista has been inviolved with several institutions and events like Experimentadesign and ModaLisboa.

In his list of limited edition collaborations with brands and prominent spaces of Portuguese and worldwide design we may find names such as Kvadrat, a Loja da Atalaia or Authentics.

Miguel Vieira Baptista, 44, graduated in Industrial Design at IADE in 1990. In 1993 he obtained a post-graduate degree in Product Design from the School of Arts, in Glasgow (1993).

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