March 2021: designer Alberto Gourgel’s atelier & lovely cat Gordon in Lisbon
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”.
2008: Market ‘A Feira da Ladra‘ (Lisbon’s famous flea market)
Original Portuguese magazines
Alberto Gourgel & vintage suitcases decorated with original vintage Portuguese magazines.
Atelier Alberto Gourgel and Spanish photographer Lluís Salvadó Icart
You can find Alberto and his beautiful creations in his atelier/shop quite near the market:
Legendary market in Lisbon: Feira da Ladra
Alberto ( in 2008): ”The last 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”.
Alberto: “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.
Tourists from all over the world
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.
2009: Alberto Gourgel , Feira da Ladra Lisbon
‘Biombo’ ( a room separator) created by Alberto Gourgel. Prices from 75- 125 euro.
A creation of Alberto Gourgel in my house in Lisbon
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.
Rua Anchieta 11, Chiado Lisbon
Fleamarket Feira da Ladra, January 2019
Alberto Gourgel & friend Margaretha de Vrieze
March 2021: unique lamp in my apartment
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