OITOEMPONTO – “eight o’clock sharp” in Portuguese – is a success story born out of the fantastic chemistry between Artur Miranda and Jacques Bec, who founded their studio in 1995. After working in fashion and design in Porto, Artur Miranda spent seven years in Sweden. He expresses a resolutely modern vision of interior decoration by breaking well-established rules and daring the most unexpected combination of elements, textures and colours. Truly passionate about all that is nineteenth century, Jacques Bec brings to the duo his enthusiastic French touch as well as the know-how he acquired at the Penninghen School in Paris.
The duo have worked on large private and commercial projects, including the Ritz in Lisbon. Their cosmopolitan style is marked by the perfect mix of vintage pieces and strong colours, of eras and genres, and is always imbued with a chic atmosphere. Working with skilled craftsmen, Miranda and Bec deliver impeccably handmade designs in lacquer, marquetry and rare woods in the likes of rosewood and iroko. Favouring simple, elegant lines they pay tribute to the Brazilian masters of architecture by revisiting their vocabulary with a contemporary approach.
The striking Osvaldo sofa featuring a floating coffee table in marble and rosewood; the Bob table and the Artur armchair set to become tomorrow’s classics. Highlights from their stunning projects around the world – including São Paulo and London – are featured in a beautiful book published by La Martinière.