We focus our work on heritage buildings and areas. With our building design experience and insight we can help you on the renovation, extension or furnishing of your property. Our designs enhance the inherent character of the architecture and location, sympathetically and imperceptibly blending a more modern and practical vision with the original historical context. FIGGOSCOPE has a mutual appreciation for the old and the new. We aim to alter heritage-sensitive spaces and seek to highlight existing features.
From site management to delivering first sketches of room layouts including joinery/cabinetry design, product selections and final styling touches, we work in consistent consultation with the client. We suggest paint colours, window and floor coverings, furniture, art-work and decorative objects that will create dynamic and bold spaces which are tactile and intimate.
FIGGOSCOPE creates a space that is a pleasant and peaceful place for daily life - a refuge, or a working sanctuary. We think of the house as a well balanced relationship between each space and the exterior/interior. A house is the sum of all it's spaces and should exist in harmony.
FIGGOSCOPE's designs aim to infuse light in to each space.
Light is what brings architecture to life; it casts shadows, it gives depth and creates contrast. Using reflections, shadow and light, we can alter the perception of scale and create interesting illusions. Light is a material that can be shaped and controlled and is extremely important in creating a serene environment. Light animates materials and colours. At FIGGOSCOPE we want to bring you as much natural light as possible to your space and can work with artificial light to create a bright, calm, cosy and warm space.
We aim to increase the value of your property with a renovation or re-fit of simple designs and natural reclaimed and/or sustainable materials, including the display of your contemporary art and craft pieces and/or the selection of new items. We work closely with local artists, designers and industrial designers for unique, bespoke product development. Each project is the result of fresh and exciting ideas developed in consultation with our clients. Our designs are driven by our own unique interpretation of the client's needs, desires and lifestyle and with careful thought to incorporate their favourite objects and possessions.
By understanding our client’s aspirations, our aim is to bring warmth and functionality to the living environment.
Since Marta moved to Melbourne with her husband, she never stopped building her own design practice.
Marta studied architecture at the Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto, Portugal, where she had the good fortune of having the acclaimed, Pritzker Prize winning, Alvaro Siza Vieira, as her teacher.
In 2001 she moved to Paris to finalise her studies at the Ecole d'Architecture de Belleville and in the following year she started work at the architecture and interiors firm, Jakob and Macfarlane Sarl d'Architecture in Paris where she worked on hospitality projects for the Costes Brothers (Costes Hotels, Paris) and she completed detailed drawings for the Restaurant George on the roof top of the Pompidou Centre. In 2004 she returned to Portugal to work as a freelance architect on home renovations and new buildings.
Marta also worked in London for 7 years, specialising in high-end residential designs. She registered on the Architecture Registration Board in the UK and during this time worked as a project architect in small boutique practices on the design of period home renovations/extensions and new homes for clients such as the Executive Creative Director of Saatchi & Saatchi.
THE "FIG" IN FIGGOSCOPE
The “Fig” in Figgoscope is derived from principle Marta Figueiredo's name. Figueiredo is an old Portuguese family name that comes from a story involving a knight and a branch of a fig tree:
"The story of my family name was once told to me by my great uncle Antonio Figueiredo, owner of an antique shop called Dona Urraca. The legend of "Figueiral Figueiredo" (a song) was associated to the name of his shop. In the 8th century, Dona Urraca (a noblewoman of the region) and other young noblewomen were taken by the Moors, who were fulfilling a payment of 100 virgins to the King of Cordoba. Ansur Goestis, a local knight surprised the Moors in a fig orchard and the legend says that he used a fig tree branch to defeat them and set the kidnapped ladies free. Eventually he fell in love with Dona Urraca and married her, and this story gave origin to the family name and the name of the hamlet called Figueiredo das Donas (Figueiredo of the Ladies) near to the village of Vouzela."
Memories of Marta's village, are embedded in Figgoscope's values:
"The small village of Vouzela, in the North of Portugal, where I am originally from, is a beautiful place surrounded by mountains, old forests of oak and pine trees and a river that winds it's way through the valley. Vouzela is a peaceful holiday destination, a place of retreat. It is a place full of legends, of historical manor houses with family crests carved in to the stone archways of the traditional houses and of old family names that are deeply rooted to the history of the country. A place of whitewashed stone houses that remain cool in summer which are furnished with simple and comfortable interiors. In these houses, the use of natural materials is commonplace and include: linen, pure cottons, timbers, ceramic tiles, marble, granite, iron, exposed wooden beams, and large portraits of ancestors that seem to have eyes that follow you wherever you go in the corridors. Their interiors have a woody smell, warmed by the noise of old floor boards and they have intricately carved wooden shutters to filter the daylight. Most of these traditional houses are now heritage sites, some of which have undergone delicate restoration, with careful consideration to the original construction. This heritage inspires me to investigate a building's past and influences my design concepts for a building. It has helped me to develop a sensitivity towards the preservation of a building's uniqueness."