CRUZ DE CARVALHO: CLASS III DESIGN

Organically shaped desk with a rectangular tabletop, made of oak and walnut wood. Connected to the left-side table legs, a drawer block embellished by polished gilded brass handles stands out, including a reverse compartment.

Designed by Cruz de Carvalho and produced for Altamira, this work is classified as a Class III / Luxury design, defined by Cruz de Carvalho’s design philosophy. Class III designs were characterized by the use of elaborate shapes and noble materials, classifying this office desk as a luxury design piece.


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José Cruz de Carvalho (1930-2015) 
Portuguese designer

Portuguese architect and designer Cruz de Carvalho applied a new artistic philosophy to Furniture Design with the main purpose of reshaping the industry, achieving international recognition for his innovation.

Cruz de Carvalho created the renowned Altamira furniture brand in 1957, followed by his inauguration of Interforma a decade later, achieving national and international recognition in design production.
 The designer divided his works into three categories of Furniture design: utilitarian (class I), medium (class II) and luxury (class III). 
In 2003, José Cruz de Carvalho was given the career award by the Portuguese Center of Design (CPD), being nationally recognized for his work a designer.

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