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Mission

Led by a designer, and since Design is the core business of this office, the regular establishment of partnerships with a wide range of artistic, commercial and business sectors helps ensure each solution presented meets modern day requirements: creative capacity and development, efficiency and speed in delivering solutions, meeting deadlines and budgets.

Based on the guidelines that define the career and life philosophy of its founder, the mission of this office is underpinned by three basic principles:

Research focused on the conceptual and formal issues related to I – Wear & Smart Products, Micro architecture and Macro design, being a pioneering reference, national and private, in the incorporation of new technologies into textile and clothing design: materials, wellbeing and information;

the constant search to exercise design as a global discipline, embracing, after 2009, the development of projects in the field of industrial design and thus expanding its research and project development in the field of the body and how it interacts with objects;

A strong connection with the arts world, which is clear from the imagery and references Miguel Rios uses and from the various collaborations in projects developed by the MR-D office, ranging from collateral product development to cooperation during the exhibition stage, when MR-D projects are presented to the public.


By resorting to the tools of design, MR-D develops solutions for different types of products together with its clients, partners and suppliers: objects, services, consultancy, events and exhibitions, planning work and manuals, which bring the various actors closer together in the markets in which they move.

Bio

Miguel Rios, Designer (Lisbon, 1965)

Miguel Rios received his Fashion Design diploma in 1987 from CITEX, in Porto, right after completing his Drawing course at AR.CO, in Lisbon. After working as a designer and consultant for the Portuguese clothing industry, in 1992 Miguel Rios decided to take a step forward in his professional career. In that year he received a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Luso-American Foundation for Development and thus managed to complete his Masters degree in Design from the Domus Academy in Milan. At this institution, Miguel Rios passed with distinction writing his dissertation on the topic Il corpo Dinamico. The central topic addressed in this dissertation – the body in design, in architecture, in the performing arts and in technology - continues to be an object of research in his academic and professional work to this day, since over the course of his career, Miguel Rios has always divided his attention between design and art. This is how Miguel Rios continues his education, whether by attending courses, such as the Course of Professional Development – Wearable Technology at the University of Florence, or by regularly going to conferences, fairs, galleries and exhibitions in different sectors of the arts and design world. Between September 2008 and September 2011, he was in charge of the Design and Technology module in the Masters course in Design at the University of Aveiro. In parallel with the design activity Miguel Rios is also the Director and the Curator for the contemporary art and design collection of the Leal Rios Foundation.



Curatorial and Consultancy work

Following his stay in Milan, Miguel Rios worked with the designer Owen Gaster in London. But it was in Portugal that he established his professional roots and started working, still at a fairly young age, as a consultant for the Portuguese Design Centre (CPD). For this institution, Miguel Rios curated some very important exhibitions and projects, which included Meeting Point, Urban Nomads for Year Zero, on display at the 1st edition of experimentadesign; Arkhétypon, displayed in Lisbon and Barcelona, at Primavera del Disseny (Spring Design Festival); Urban Warriors Maximum Security, a pioneering European project which incorporated different technological systems into the clothing of urban citizens, presented at the USE(r) Design Conference in Lisbon in 2003; and Des+gn, presented during Design Week in Milan. In the literary arena, he was invited by that institution to organise the Textile Design, Fashion, Footwear and Home Textiles section for the book BEST OF, 180 produtos de Design Português (BEST OF, 180 Portuguese Design Products) and was also invited to head the Editorial Board of the Manual de Gestão de Processos de Design (Manual for Managing Design Processes), aimed at SMEs in the clothing sector, published by IAPMEI.


Design and Consultancy Design Office MR¯D

In 2002, Miguel Rios founded the office Miguel Rios Design | MR-D. Led by a designer, and since Design is the core business of this office, the regular establishment of partnerships with a wide range of artistic, commercial and business sectors helps ensure each solution presented meets modern day requirements: creative capacity and development, efficiency and speed in delivering solutions, meeting deadlines and budgets.
Based on the guidelines that define the career and life philosophy of its founder, the mission of this office is underpinned by three basic principles:

— research focused on the conceptual and formal issues related to I – Wear & Smart Products, Micro architecture and Macro design, being a pioneering reference, national and private, in the incorporation of new technologies into textile and clothing design: materials, wellbeing and information;

— the constant search to exercise design as a global discipline, embracing, after 2009, the development of projects in the field of industrial design and thus expanding its research and project development in the field of the body and how it interacts with objects;

— a strong connection with the arts world, which is clear from the imagery and references Miguel Rios uses and from the various collaborations in projects developed by the MR-D office, ranging from collateral product development to cooperation during the exhibition stage, when MR-D projects are presented to the public.

By resorting to the tools of design, MR-D develops solutions for different types of products together with its clients, partners and suppliers: objects, services, consultancy, events and exhibitions, planning work and manuals, which bring the various actors closer together in the markets in which they move.


Design and Technology

Throughout the history of the MR¯D office there have been several projects where new technologies have been an integral part of the product, either because of the characteristics of the materials selected or because of the incorporation of technological devices into the clothing, endowing it with new properties and functions. In particular, the I-Garment – an intelligent uniform for fire-fighters fighting forest fires, developed in partnership with the information technology company YDreams and the Telecommunications Institute, for the European Space Agency, ESA (2003); the design of all categories of uniforms for ANA, Aeroportos de Portugal, S.A (Portuguese Airports); the Protect Urban Pro project, which was awarded 1st Prize at the Design Competition for Individual Protection Equipment, organised by the Technological Centre CITEVE; and the MR¯D’s edition projects: System 2k07 – a bag | assembly kit made up of seven components which can be used to construct six types of containers - BOX, MINI BOX, LAPTOP, POCKET, PORTFOLIO and STREET; the Drizzle System protection system; and the System (re)Active bag | assembly kit, which builds on its predecessor, the System 2k07, with a strong commercial and formal / functional evolution component, though still based on the concepts of modularity and DIY which underlie the whole System line. The System 2k07 is part of the permanent collection at the MUDE – Design and Fashion Museum and the all System Project received the 2009 Sena da Silva National Design Award.
In 2013, MR-D finished its last project in the field of Wearable Technology: STORM SYSTEM™, a potential answer to the current context of natural and urban disasters. This project, which was presented in 2013, follows on from the System 2k07, thus completing the first cycle positioning the MR-D office in the field of social and protection-oriented technology applied to clothing.


Design and Art

In 2009, feeling that it was a logical step in the office’s evolution, Miguel Rios made his début in the vast world of furniture design, introducing (SUM)one: a full-size multifunctional object defined as a table with storage and two seats. This item, which was entirely manufactured in Portugal, is the result of a sequence of exercises in appropriation involving architecture, art and design. In 2010, following Miguel Rios’ interest in furniture and as part of the Empty Cube Project, by the art curator João Silvério, MR-D presented a new project to the public: Pirson “Je pourrais aussi regarder la chaise comme un object (parmi d’autres)... ”, a chair based on the leitmotiv of the relations between art and design, with a theoretical/conceptual context which can be summed up in the study of mind maps of impossibilities versus the functionality of the object. This limited edition of chairs are part of several Portuguese design collections.


Design Author (Limited Edition)

On 2013 Miguel Rios was invited by Cristina Guerra, the owner of Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art Gallery (Lisbon) to present a new design project in her art space. For the first time the Portuguese most important art gallery decided to represent a designer. Miguel Rios presented Future Memory a show that was an installation built around porcelain and glass devices. These pieces emanate from the memory of devices pertaining to a laboratorial universe, consecutively redesigned and refitted to fulfill the function of providing an olfactory experience to their future and hypothetical users. Several pieces of this show are now part of private design and art collections in Portugal, United States of America and United Kingdom.
Miguel Rios is preparing a new limited edition design project for the end of 2014.


Leal Rios Foundation: Contemporary Art and Design Collection

In 2000, Miguel and his brother Manuel started a new life project: a contemporary art and design collection. Alongside the work of his office, Miguel Rios took on the role of curator and director of the art collection, which mainly involved works by Portuguese and international artists. The collection currently includes works in the field of installation art, video, photography, drawing, painting and sculpture. Perceiving art as a global and visionary language, the decision to broaden the collection to international markets will, according to the curator Miguel Rios, help contextualise the works of the Portuguese artists, thus allowing for a more transversal reading of the collection and, therefore, enabling it to acquire a more universal language.
Located in Lisbon, in a space of 1000sqm specifically adapted for this purpose, and where Miguel Rios runs his Design Office, the public will be able to view the collection through temporary exhibitions, events and publications. The Leal Rios Foundation programme also includes additional learning activities to support a better understanding and appreciation of both national and international art and design. Therefore, art and design are the core assets of this foundation.
Because art does not live unless it is enjoyed and design does not survive unless it is used, FLR intends to open its doors to give the city of Lisbon and all who visit it the opportunity to discover its collection, which includes works by some of the most renowned and also some of the best up-and-coming Portuguese and foreign artists and designers of today like the artists Anthony McCall (US), Becky Beasley (UK), Benoit-Marie Moriceau (FR) Chen Chieh-Jen (CN), Daniel Blaufuks (PT) Francisco Tropa (PT) John Wood and Paul Harrisson (UK), Julião Sarmento (PT), Laurence Weiner (US), Marcius Galan (BR) or Wofgang Tillmans (DE) and the designers Charles Eames (US), Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler form Studio Mischer‘Traxler (AU), Miguel Vieira Batista (PT) or Jo Nagasaka (JP).

Team Members

Carla Rocha | Strategy & Service Designer


· Working with Miguel Rios Design since April 2006
· Worked as a designer in LARUS - Desgin Urbano, Aveiro, 2005-2006
· Member of the MERCEDES-AMG team in Affalterbach, 2004
· MSc in Industrial Design from the Faculty of Engineering, Porto, 2001 - 2003
· Graduate in Design, from IADE, Lisbon, 1996 - 2000

Telma Barrelas | Product Designer


· Working with Miguel Rios Design since February 2007
· Worked as a designer in RECER, 2005-2006
· Worked as a designer in Bleach Design, 2004
· ICEP Award for Young Designer 2002 contest
· Post-Graduation in Museology and Museography at FBAUL, 2007
· Graduate in Industrial Design, from ESAD, Caldas da Rainha, 1999 - 2004

Patrícia Aguiar | Product Designer


· Working with Miguel Rios Design since February 2011
· Artist residency – Azores Combo
· Worked as a designer for Bleach Design in the collection Objects, 2004-05
· ICEP Award for Young Designer 2002 contest
· Attendance in the specialization in Product Design at the Faculty of Architecture of Lisbon, 2009-2010
· Graduate in Industrial Design, from ESAD, Caldas da Rainha, 1999 – 2005

Rui Silva | Graphic & Web Designer


· Working with Miguel Rios Design since February 2012
· Attendance in the Master Degree in Communication Design and New Media at FBAUL, 2011-2012
· Graduate in Graphic Design, from ESAD, Caldas da Rainha, 2006 – 2010

Tiago Araújo | Assistant


· Working with Miguel Rios Design since December 2009
· Professional desgree in Marketing/Public Relations /Advertising at Magestil, Lisboa 2003-2006

Ng Yuet Ming, Judyanna | PhD MA


· Working with Miguel Rios Design since February 2005
· Senior Teacher in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University since 1995
· PhD in Fashion Design, from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK, 2004
· MA in Fashion Design from the Domus Academy, Milan, 1993
· Higher Diploma in Fashion and Clothing Technology, from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK, 1980

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