Since I know Ana Anahory and Felipa Almeida that I admire the quality and attention to detail of their work. In their studio in Lisbon, they develop projects where the research and respect for tradition are essential elements. This dedication and commitment to the culture of each place makes them create cozy, genuine, cheerful and personalized atmospheres.
Always collaborating with talented artists, designers and craftsmen, AnahoryAlmeida's studio goes far beyond the creation of beautiful and timeless spaces, reflecting a true interest in history and in the way things are done.
We talked with Felipa Almeida about her work, your home and the neighborhood where she lives:
Tell us a bit about yourself...
I am the mother of 4 children and I created the atelier AnahoryAlmeida with my partner Ana Anahory in 2011. Graduated in Art History, I am the only one in the studio that is not an architect. Responsible for the research and collaborations with artists and artisans, I have been fortunate to walk around the country to get to know the national creative world.
What do you like most about your house?
The proximity to nature and the garden. The house is from 1959 and was very well designed. The light is very harmonious. The other special thing is the experience we have with family and friends. It is a convivial house with lots of music and children.
What is the 'perfect' home for you?
It is a house thought and lived with love. It's a house with lots of memories. We have a beautiful story because we bought it from a family that had just lost the Father, and the Mother had decided to sell the house because she did not want to be there alone, since the children no longer lived with her. When we signed the contract some of them wept. They wished we were as happy in the house as they had been. We promised to change the minimum and so it was. After a few months of living there we invited everyone to a snack as a passing of testimony. Nowadays we are still in contact.
“The perfect house is this: the one that allows to experience happiness that passes from inhabitant to inhabitant.”
Where do you live?
In Restelo. When I went there I did not know the neighborhood so well. The fact of having a garden made me like living there. And then I have discovered Monsanto for walking or cycling and the proximity to the river, Belém and Ajuda. I love it!
And if you did not live there, where would you like to live?
I think it would be in Campo de Ourique, the neighborhood where we have the atelier and the children's school. Practical and authentic.
Why do you like Lisbon?
I'm Portuguese but I grew up far from Portugal. I've only lived here for 13 years. I consider myself lucky to feel rooted and at the same time still thrilled with so much to discover. It's a good compromise! I like the Gulbenkian and Palácio Marquês da Fronteira for the inspiration, the Gazeteiros and Izcalli for the gastronomy and Monsanto for the magic.
Which project would you like to create?
We would like to be able to develop our furniture range and ideally have a shop where we sell it with other handicraft pieces.