Social Togetherness: Hugo Passos

Designer Hugo Passos talks to us from Setúbal, to discuss his experience of life in lockdown, a forced reconsideration of resources and future projects.

Social Togetherness: Hugo Passos

Where's home for you? 

At the moment I am in Setúbal looking after my grandfather but otherwise, I live in Porto. 

What are the highlights of your home-working day?

When it’s sunny I spend a couple of hours on the balcony sketching and listening to music.

Are you learning a new skill, craft or hobby?

Not really but I have been patiently trying to reconstruct a broken bowl.

What positive change might come from Covid-19 for you, or your wider community, or the world at large?

I don’t believe it will happen immediately at large but it has already made some of us realise who and what truly stimulates our lives. Environmentally it is visible what these past months have contributed to a better quality of air and water. We should consider and re-think the resources we use, how abusive some of these are and the impact they make every day.

I hope people understand that the longevity and quality of the things we produce can really make a difference. 

Any interesting projects, exhibitions or launches for later this year that you can share?

If everything goes as planned we will show some updates we’ve been working on with Fredericia furniture in September at 3Days of Design in Copenhagen. 

Given time to reflect, what would be your wish for a new piece of furniture or lighting? 

Following my new rituals, perhaps a nice folding chair that I can use indoors but also take outside when it’s sunny. 

Any music or podcasts you would recommend? 

My friend, and mighty DJ, Pedro Tenreiro has been recording a quarantine mix per day - he’s on number 37!

Many thanks to Hugo for taking the time to talk to us. Join us next week for the next instalment of Social Togetherness.

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