For five years Citydwellers has been running a concept store and a textile studio, located in a fancy shoppingmall in the city centre of Eindhoven. It was a great opportunity to meet interesting people, explore new territories and to collaborate with like-minded. Upcoming designers and students were given the opportunity to sell their fashion, food and lifestyle products in a ‘learn as you go’ kind of manner. Customizing small scale products on demand, and supporting starting labels, showed the need for mentorship and collaboration.
Rethoughts on the 5 year Citydwellers project, provided a solution to meet these needs. To make the next step, we crossed borders to check out alternate opportunities. That’s how we ended up in the great, natural environment of Central Portugal.
Nomad workers and collaborators are welcome to temporarily live and work together in this Portugese setting. The tranquility of working in the countryside, yet being connected, will give collaborators a different mind set with new possibilities to co-create. The cultural heritage of the historic area will provide inspiration, and interactions with the local community and will provide interesting storytelling. Affordable public transportation connects the villages with the major cities.
To create an inspiring nomad workers learn and work environment
To provide inter-cultural exchange of know-how
To support peers to peers learning and learning by doing
Early collaborators get the opportunity to be the first to check out the possibilities of the design studio and to become part of the team. They will be the first to collaborate and use the rescued and oldstock materials supply. Help to develop the Citydwellers project, while working on your own project. Explore the surroundings: local markets, (Unesco) heritage, local culture, religious rituals and nature. Find different ways of collaboration and co-creation with the team and fellow collaborators.