Where technology meets nature
Montelouro is born of a love story between technology and nature. Between what we like to do and what we like to feel. The practical and the emotional. It is an object which adapts to your needs and reminds you where you come from.
Our devices are part of our lives: they help us to communicate, to entertain ourselves, to learn, to work… What lies within them relates to us, to the world we create for ourselves. But what about the exterior? Everything is aseptic and cold; all is pure symmetry and perfection.
But that is not us, is it?
Montelouro is here to change that. Here to make your surroundings more natural, more human and relatable. That is why it is handcrafted in ceramic, and its design draws inspiration from nature and reflects the beauty of what is imperfect, what is real.
A stand for mobile devices which adapts to all models and that will help you and your family to do everything you love. From the moment the alarm goes off in the morning, until you fall asleep to your favorite tunes; and throughout the day while watching a film, looking for recipes, reading a book, video calling or just when you need to leave your devices somewhere safe as you disconnect for a while.
This object was created for those who want to live it all; those who seek to surround themselves with objects with a history, objects that transmit something unique. For them, less is not enough.
This is the reason why Montelouro is launched as a limited edition. It is not an object for everyone, but for those who want to make their homes a special place that relates to them.
It takes its shape and name after a hill by the beach where I spent the happiest summers of my childhood; the place I go back to when I want to connect with what is authentic, the things that matter.
Montelouro in movement
But… Where are my manners?
I have not introduced myself yet. My name is Rafa, and I am a professional designer and a vocational maker. This is why I founded OITENTA, an independent design studio located in A Coruña, devoted to creating special handcrafted objects for those seeking designer products which not only suit their needs, but also relate to their values and particular worldview.
I firmly believe in functionality and sustainability as a requirement in everything that surrounds us; but mostly I believe in the magic of objects. I believe in how the stories they tell build our reality, and how our every choice shapes what we are.
Just as design should not be explained, for it either reaches you or it is empty words, it is not the same with manufacturing. I believe it is important to tell what cannot be seen, in order to understand the value of things.
Montelouro is 100% handcrafted. It is the product of the collaboration with a ceramic artisan who works with me from the development stages, when I learn about the characteristics of ceramic and how to work with it. An artisan who has dedicated many hours to this project, and who transmits a passion for his trade in every move.
The process begins with the making of plaster molds from an original piece. After letting the mold harden for a couple of days, and after it is completely dry, the ceramic is poured in and is let sit for some time to thicken the walls of the piece. Afterwards, the piece undergoes different drying processes at 1200ºC. Finally, it is enameled to get a delicate finish which does not harm your devices, because we believe that in our world durability means sustainability.
Montelouro’s design was conceived to make the use of mobile devices easier, and it invites you to imagine your own ways of doing it.
Here you can check out some examples
It can hold both tablets and cell phones horizontally and vertically for different purposes, such as watching videos, videochat, reading, etc
Press and Media
Download high resolution pictures and our press release. For any inquiries and questions, e-mail us directly hola(at)oitenta(dot)com
Alejandro (Arobe Cerámica), Carlos Álvarez who helped me with the storytelling, Locuens for the translations and locution, my cousin Iago for Monte Louro's footage, and my family for their perfornamce as models and support!
Special thanks to our Growing Community of Backers!
Stefan, The Creative Fund, Eric, Javier, Jonas, Silvia, Antonio, Sim Li, Alberto, Carlos, Ángel, Antón, Luis, Julio, Rafa, Bea, Fer, Aldo, Jacobo, Luisa, Cris, Rubén, Alejandro, Rob, Alberto, Comper, Fernando, Arne, Iago, Laura, Antón, Berta, Xose, Stacie, Pachín, Tim, Dennis, Takuji, Brian, Ana, Iago,Tais, Linda, Setiyane, Lorenzo, Tamara, Melissa, Xan
You can find us here!
Risks and challenges
I´ve been making and selling online my objects for more than two years now. I always work on demand with handmade and design lovers from around the world. In this time, I´ve sent more than 400 objects from to30 countries. This is my second Kickstarter project. The first one was a Make/100 I succesfully funded a few months ago. I am in a learning and improve process, trying to build bigger and better projects. I am used to selling online and deliver worldwide.
This project is my first collaboration with a fellow maker and artisan, that helps me with production, with his knowledge and allow me to focus in other important tasks.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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