ABELHA MUKAKI is a brand of lighting and furniture that is born from the desire to endure the craftwork over time. It presents as a language of its own which transmits the mission to recover the know-how of the Portuguese craftsmen in the use of traditional methods of work the noble materials, combined with a contemporary design, care and attention to detail.
The project was born in 2013 through the merging of north and south of Portugal. Rita Mongiardim in Lisbon, with a background in the arts of classical and contemporary dance and an academic experience of Decorative Arts, joins Manuela Pais who, with an extensive experience in production and leading projects, assumes in 2014 the direction of a brass factory in Porto, transforming a mass work into a custom and contemporary production, streamlining the immense talent of a team of artisans with a wide experience and dedication.
Over time, with the desire to recover increasingly artisanal production techniques, ABELHA MUKAKI started working with other materials beyond brass, always having as a priority seeking artisans who still maintains the traditional techniques, adapting them for the implementation of more contemporary parts, as well as national artists with whom we work in partnership. This crossing of different experiences and approaches allows us to gather a set of conditions that contribute to enrich and enhance the end products.
In addition to the pieces of our catalog, we also design custom pieces for specific projects, for a given space, in accordance with the context presented by the client.
The result are pieces created from a story, a memory or an emotion, with a soul itself, assuming the size of works of art and sculptures in the space, and which transmit the strong influence of Portuguese historic, cultural and artistic background in the decorative arts