About Essential Furniture

Memoir tells a story from a life presenting the feminin essence, taste and experiences of a unique journey through design.This was the name Mafalda Soares chose when starting to draft her first pieces. As a well accomplished interior designer in Portugal, her home, Mafalda has the opportunity to travel and learn through many experiences her career has brought her.

Recently, the Lisbon based designer embarked on a new project, the creation of a distinguished furniture collection, that represents her sensations and developing experience as an artist, using materials that touch her the most – marble and gold leaf. A sort of autobiography that originated through her talent, taste and references, brought to life through the work of skilled artisans who specialize in the materials she loves.

This is Memoir’s true mission, to create pieces that symbolize individuality and elegance, through the materialization of a special way of being in life, dreams and emotions. As highly personal pieces, each one tells a specific story, an intimacy that is lightly exposed through exuberance and elegance.

Exhibiting for the first time earlier this year at Maison & Objet Paris, Memoir earned a buzz through the showcase of their first four pieces: the Secret cabinet, the Lust chaise-longue, the Vanity mirror and Ostentation folding screen. With a sophisticated and a timeless personality, the Secret cabinet is the result of the involvement of handcrafted white marble into individual pieces in a radial arrangement. Furthermore, its inside finds a graceful praise with its simple, yet majestic gold leaf interior.

The Charming Essence

It is complimented with a round brass handle, and gilded brass base, which promote its strength, elegance and stability.The Vanity mirror is a set comprised of 5 individual pieces which explore a sublime mix of crystal mirror and aged mirror. Shaped as leaves, and all customizable in terms of size and finish, the Vanity allows for tremendous flexibility within the décor context. The Lust chaise-longue is fully upholstered in white velvet and stands on a polished brass base, calling on delight and evasion.

Gold plated with a simple form and classic lines, the Ostentation folding screen comes as representation of luxury and refinement. Its pieces are gently joined together, as if suspended, giving it a sense of the lightness and refinement. According to Vincent Van Gogh, what is done in love is done well. The same can be said about Memoir, whose collection was created with love for all who are in love with design and decoration.