Experimenta is a knowledge production unit operating in design, architecture and design culture.

Responsible for EXD biennale, the most important regular event in Portugal, since 1999, Experimenta also takes up other challenges and develops innovative projects with selected clients and partners.

The Lisbonaire Apartments is Experimenta´s inception in the hotel industry, by invitation of a young company, with a solid background in cultural and entrepreneurial fields.

Experimenta took on the creative direction of The Lisbonaire Apartments, developing different aspects such as product design, graphic design, branding and identity.

During concept development, it was deemed fundamental to incorporate the geographic and cultural context around The Lisbonaire – the visual and graphic patrimony of Baixa and Chiado, which spans through three centuries.

Each of the 19 apartments invokes a specific instant or place that provoked the designers, who created unique pieces that decorate each apartment.

The design studio Pedrita designed the furnishings of the apartments, that were manufactured by Viriato Hotel Concept, from Paredes, under a protocol established by Experimenta and the Municipality to promote design.

Ricardo Mealha created the identity.

The focal point of this project is to confer a strong character to this new space and to welcome and inspire all visitors, both from Portugal and abroad, to discover Lisbon.

Guta Moura Guedes,
Director Experimenta


Rita João (b. 1978) and Pedro Ferreira (b. 1978) studied Architecture of Design at the Faculty of Architecture, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa. As Erasmus students they went to TU Delft and Politecnico de Milano, respectively. In 2002 they went to Fabrica – the research and communication center of Benetton group. After one year in the 3D design department they became project managers for different multinational companies and in 2004 they become coordinators of the department.

Rita and Pedro returned to Lisbon in 2005 and, under the name Pedrita, they have since developed multidisciplinary projects with national and international collaborators and clients, such as TAP Portugal, Ordem dos Arquitectos, Camper, EXD, Movélpartes/Sonae Indústria, Central de Cervejas/Água de Luso and Amop. In collaboration with other creative parties, they organize and promote two platforms for discussion of creative thinking: Freespeech, since June 2006 and Pecha Kucha Night Lisbon, since May 2007. Together with Frederico Duarte, they developed the project “Fabrico Próprio, O Design da Pastelaria Semi-Industrial Portuguesa”.