Galula is a furniture design practice founded by Filipa Mendes and Gustavo Macedo after graduating in product design from Portugal’s ESAD College of Art and Design.
Words by Emily Martin
Filipa Mendes and Gustavo Macedo met while studying product design at the ESAD College of Art and Design in Portugal.
After graduating in 2009 and finding work opportunities limited, they considered leaving the country to find work as designers or 'chance it' in Portugal by setting out on their own.
Pendura Coatstand is designed to take up minimal space by putting it against a wall. Mendes and Macedo say: 'It is a piece always "decorated" with coats.'
Hence, Galula. Debuting with products Woody chair and Tio end table, Galula's chairs featured work by four Portuguese illustrators.
With a complicated production process, the chairs are no longer sold, but Mendes and Macedo say that it was a product that helped them grow as designers.
'Galula is a Portuguese word for something tasty to eat,' Mendes and Macedo explain. 'We always say that we don't want people to eat our products, but to create a great desire for them!'
Glint Lamp combines light source with magnets to allow it to 'stick' to a metal surface as a way to control the light's intensity. Made of cork and folded steel, it can also house small objects such as keys, or clip on to a bookshelf.
They plan to launch two new products each year and include a Galula home portfolio. '
Tio end table 'This was our second product to be designed and produced and it was the product that gave rise to our brand motto - "follow the FUN-ction",' the duo explain. It's a popular piece, with its webbed feet creating smiles as well as storage.
We also want to create partnerships with other brands and take on new briefs, which can evolve us through exploring new techniques and materials'.