EYE ON DESIGN | LISBON

EYE ON DESIGN | LISBON

LISBON_PORTUGAL One day last week I decided to go to Portugal—and three days later I was in sunny Lisbon. In Lisbon, I found a city set on steep hills, which means that there are panoramic views—of terra cotta tiled rooftops and the wide River Tagus that wraps around Lisbon on its way to the Atlantic Ocean. LISBON_PORTUGAL LISBON_PORTUGAL LISBON_PORTUGAL In Lisbon, I found a city whose sidewalks are composed of graphic mosaics, so that everywhere I went there was art underfoot. Mosaics_Lisbon_Portugal mosaic sidewalk_lisbon_portugal mosaic sidewalk_lisbon_portugal Sometimes the pavement features a date, or announces the name of the store it's in front of. mosaic sidewalk_lisbon_portugal mosaic sidewalk_lisbon_portugal In Lisbon, I found buildings that are wrapped up in exquisitely patterned porcelain tiles—many dating back to the seventeenth century. LISBON_PORTUGAL LISBON_PORTUGAL LISBON_PORTUGAL LISBON_PORTUGAL I especially loved the juxtaposition of the ancient tile combined with aspects of everyday contemporary life. LISBON_PORTUGAL Lisbon_portugal Lisbon_portugal The hand-painted tile facades alternate with buildings that have been painted in all the colors of the rainbow. lisbon colors_portugal lisbon colors_portugal lisbon colors_portugal lisbon colors_portugal Street lamps are held up by iron brackets depicting the emblem of Lisbon - a ship with two ravens. The symbol of the city also appears on pavements, taxis, and police officers' badges. As the legend goes, the ship carried the remains of the martyred St. Vincent, protected by two ravens, safely to Lisbon. ship w two ravens_lisboa_portugal ship w two ravens_lisboa_portugal In Lisbon, I found a captivating city of sweeping views, and patterns and colors, that were a feast for this designer's eyes. I'll share more of my discoveries and adventures in the days to come. Stay tuned! LISBON_PORTUGAL
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  1. Orlene at 8:57 pm

    That was a treat!!  I can’t imagine the labor in laying all those tiles!!!!  WOW!!
    So pretty and each street and building were literally a work of art.  *sigh*

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