Lisbon people: designer Alberto Gourgel, new store/atelier vintage decoration & Feira da Ladra, Lisbon’s famous flea market
Designer Alberto Gourgel was born in Angola, a Portuguese colony from the 16th century to 1975. ” I studied in a boarding school in Angola, but due to economical problems my brother and I moved to Lisbon in 1983. Being a kid, I already had a lot of creative ideas”.
Alberto Gourgel and his old-fashioned suitcases decorated with original Portuguese magazines. This legendary market is held every Tuesday and Saturday from dawn to dusk.
Atelier Alberto Gourgel and Spanish photographer Lluís Salvadó Icart
Feira da Ladra
Alberto: ”The last six years, I’m in to ‘vintage’, and I’m fascinated with the beautiful 20th Century Portuguese ‘vogue’ magazines. It’s not easy finding them, sometimes I’m lucky in a small museum or in very old bookshops”.
“The vernis is made by hand, an ancient procedure. It takes a lot of time because it’s very important to keep the original colors”. Besides Alberto decorates posters, walls, doors and room separators. Visit Alberto’s weblog
Flea market “Feira da Ladra“ (Campo de Santa Clara) is visited by lots of tourists from all over the world. The market in Alfama dates back around 800 years, though it may have been named ‘Feira da Ladra’ as late as the 17th century.
Alberto’s work is also for sale in some antique shops in Lisbon and in loja (shop) ‘A Vida Portuguesa’. Owner is Catarina Portas. She has a passion for Portuguese identity, and everyday Catarina brings objects of the past back to life to inhabit modern-day homes.