© Sara Lima - Den Haag, Zeeheldenkwartier

© Sara Lima - Den Haag, Zeeheldenkwartier

 
But what is at stake here is an expansion: from changing automobiles every few years, to considering everything a throw-away item, and considering all consumer goods, and indeed, most human values, to be disposable.
— Victor Papanek, "Design for the real world"
 

The way we deal with products and services shape the way we position ourselves in the world and the way we care about things. This shop makes a stand of our own position and is a revival of things we love and care about. 

Nowadays mass consumption shape our daily life. It’s not that we try to avoid the materialistic attitude, but what we do believe is in making every object count. For us, keeping the portable radio from our grandfather or use a typewriter to write as he used to do is just not because of the object itself but the power of the memory and feeling attached. And guess what? Both still work! Perfectly!

 
Throwing away furniture, transportation, clothing, and appliances may soon lead us to feel that marriages (and other personal relationships) are throw-away items as well and that on a global scale countries, and indeed entire subcontinents, are disposable like Kleenex.
— Vitor Papanek, "Design for the real world"
 

We consider consumerism as a political act. Every time we buy something we are saying we agree with the product, the way it was created/produced, built and sold. We agree that we need it. 

We support things that are meant to stay. Everything is getting obsolete, nothing is forever, and is not even useful for more than a short period of time. All runs out fast, things are made to be broken, lost or forgotten. 

It’s not an accident the fact that a lot of objects from other times are still in good shape as opposed to the modern ones. The use of noble materials (like glass, iron, wood) made things last a lifetime on contrary to plastic and disposable materials of modern times. 

 
That which we throw away, we fail to value. When we design and plan things to be discarded, we exercise insufficient care in designing (...)”
— Victor Papanek, "Design for the real world"
 

We trust that certain products can tell the story of our memories, education and beliefs.

These are the kind of products we choose to have in our shop. Classic pieces of design, products with timeless usability, meaning and/or only amazing aesthetic value.

Our products come from a variety of places. Some come from second hand shops or local markets, some from our travels and adventures abroad and others are handmade, created by us or other people that we like to work with. And others? Others are real salvages with crazy stories behind them.

  © Sara Lima - Venice

© Sara Lima - Venice

Secondhand shops allow good furniture and other goods to be reused or recycled instead of thrown away, producing less garbage and less unnecessary production. 

The majority of second hand shops are usually connected with charities, creating job opportunities for people in need. These stores also expand the opportunity for people with lower economic possibilities to build their houses with comfort and dignity. This we believe to be a multiplier effect of good. A win-win situation. People donated instead of creating garbage, others have a new job opportunity and affordable prices make the shop open to everyone. In The Netherlands this concept is very well organised and have a lot of success. In Portugal there’s still some prejudice in going to this kind of stores as if it’s not fancy enough or without products of quality. But we know that those are the places to find real treasures and more important, something out of the mass production scale that makes all homes alike.

We also believe in the importance of buying from local markets and small shops. Buying from artisans and craftsmen in the city, qualified for their business/skills, instead of mass production objects. Furthermore, most big scale companies are usually not fair trade or at least human and labor rights are not respected in the chain of production.

  © Sara Lima - Den Haag, Zeeheldenkwartier

© Sara Lima - Den Haag, Zeeheldenkwartier

In a last remark we strongly acknowledge the power of design for the good, to help to create a positive impact in the world we live in and helping us to improve our capabilities, our life in our communities and helping to find responsible answers to the issues we are facing right now. From the refugee crisis to environmental problems, design has the power to bring creative solutions to real problems. Technology is not a threat or wrong but should be use more carefully to answer to the needs of the Humanity and not only to satisfy consumerism and futile developments. If you're interested in this subject, we strongly advise you to read Vitor Papanek, one of the first persons talking and putting into practice "social design".

 
Social Design: Motivated by an ideal of equality, the dedication with which architects and designers strive to achieve even small improvements in living conditions opens up new perspectives for design, politics and the management of public and private sectors.
— Paola Antonelli in domus web
 

Summarising, who knows what can appear in our store? It’s our journey and the objects that cross in our way. One can be a vintage piece, another a makeover with old materials, another a green product or a design object with social concern. Stay tuned, we will be around!