José Cabrita first studied electric engineering in Grenoble, France before finding himself more intrigued by how objects are made. He changed his path and began studying product design, going on to work for various design studios and companies around the world. With this breadth of experience to take forward, José set up his own studio in the pursuit of developing his own design approach and concepts. Today, his design work addresses a variety of lifestyle needs, ranging from electronics to furniture to tableware. Fascinated by materials, industrial process and technology, José continuously experiments and develops his ideas through projects with various companies, to create a product that is respectful of the environment, practical and innovative, and designed with simplicity.
Here's a look at the clever products José Cabrita has created in collaboration with the French brand CONTEXTE, who offer high quality, useful design, all made my hand by craftspeople in their small factories in France.
EXHIBITION is a clean, simple and flexible alternative to traditional wall-hung picture frames. The unique design allows you to hang and change your images with a single hand, using a special tilting system with magnets and cork, to alter the atmosphere of a room according to your mood or accommodate presentation materials in small or large format. Available in two sizes, made of solid oak in natural, black and white oak.
RUBAN is a sleek bottle opener in bent stainless steel. The geometry of the design offers both aesthetic functionality and comfort when used. Polished on the upside and sandblasted on the underside to bring a warmer touch and a visual contrast, RUBAN is designed to last and will develop patina over time.
Smartphones, e-readers and tablets have changed our reading habits; however, paper has not lost its place in the home thanks to its tangible qualities. PUPITRE was conceived to support both old and new ways of reading into elegant coexistence through an object made out of the warm and noble wood. The position of the device can be easily switched fromvertical to horizontal. A slight curvature in its design allows you to easily grab it to move it. Made of plywood in natural oak and black oak finish.
If I had to choose a favourite, I think it would be EXHIBITION. I love the idea of being able to change artwork so easily with the hanger never having to leave the wall. I would buy a lot more art prints if I didn't have to commit to the additional cost of framing. And unlike traditional frames, the art, or whatever you choose to display, does not have to match the size of the object. I also like the idea of using the flexible nature of the design as an opportunity to create my own visuals for the room, and change them weekly or monthly to have my very own 'exhibition'!