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Saturday, April 26, 2008
Fabrico Próprio: The Design of Portuguese Semi-Industrial Confectionery
By Rita João, Pedro Ferreira e Frederico Duarte
"Fabrico Próprio" means "Own Production", an expression used by most Portuguese cafés and patisseries in their shop signs, windows and packaging. It is a warrant of freshness and quality, but also of uniqueness and prestige of the baked goods they sell – most of them sweet, one-portion cakes. "Fabrico Próprio - The Design of Semi-Industrial Confectionery" is a 292-page, hardcover book dedicated to Portuguese confectionery and its relation to design. Reflecting the importance of this universe in our culture and society, it is primordially an encyclopaedic record of several specimens of Portuguese daily confectionery cakes photographed and shown close to real scale. This compilation – the first consistent record ever conducted in our country on this kind of food products – is joined by introductory texts, historic notes and also a confectionery glossary. The book also includes perspectives from 23 Portuguese and foreign professionals, which can be found along its pages in the form of three essays and several sections. Photographers, illustrators, architecture and food critics, a chef and an art curator take Portuguese semi-industrial confectionery as a source of inspiration, offering unexpected approaches to this surprising world. "Fabrico Próprio" is a multidisciplinary project dedicated to Portuguese semi-industrial confectionery and its relation to design, authored by Pedrita (Rita João, Pedro Ferreira) and Frederico Duarte. It is composed of this book, a workshop, the fabricoproprio.net website and a series of launches in Portugal and abroad. This project is financed by the Direcção Geral das Artes do Ministério da Cultura and has Tourism Portugal as its institutional sponsor, ARESP and CFPSA as its strategic partners and Delta Cafés as its private sponsor.