André Teoman, born in Viana do Castelo, Portugal in 1989, was raised between Viana do Castelo and Istanbul. Teoman, took design classes in Viana do Castelo. His experience in the world of puppetry and theater also had an effect on his love for the fantasy world.
In 2012, he left his hometown and went to Porto, to start working with several luxury design furniture brands such as Boca do Lobo and Koket, where he developed pieces like the Newton Dining Table, Piccadilly Cabinet or the Hypnotic Chandelier, considered trends from many trendsetters. He also won the Young Design International 2014 Award by the Light + Building Messe Frankfurt Fair. By the end of 2014 he left to start a new adventure…. his own studio that started in the beginning of 2015.
Making a difference in his hometown traditional craftsmanship is now as important as to make meaningful projects. Preserve such craftsmanship is a mission as traditional manufacture techniques are being forgotten around the world.
Teoman doesn’t believe in the unity of the “true, the good and the beautiful”, that aesthetically valuable and quality-conscious design will make us better people, as Bauhaus or the Werkbund once proclaimed. He creates his own world with wicked things and to turn them into a symbolization of distinctive taste and humor. Looking at emotion as one of his priorities, the pieces have this strong emotional bond with the concept that make the user look twice and think about it.
His recent work has already begun to be noticed and awarded. The international press has featured it and with an Adesignaward won in 2015, the studio has started with the right foot. The invitation to be part of the Portuguese Design Bienale with the Kaleidoscope table was another important milestone of 2015 that was followed by the Welcome to the Club exhibition in the beginning of 2016 in the ShowMe Art & Design Gallery.