The Portugal collection is heavy on aluminum products: olive-oil dispensers, funnels, frying drying dishes. Grifo has a particular fondness for the material — “basically, I would love to open an aluminum shop,” she says — but its manufacturing is also quite prevalent in Portugal. In the ’60s and ’70s, when most countries were switching to steel, dictator-led Portugal didn’t have the money to modernize. As for this hook and trivet, neither is marked; “branding hasn’t really taken off yet in Portugal,” says Grifo, and while that makes for a refreshing lack of street advertisements, it also makes it really hard to find things. “We sent photos of the hook and trivet to random aluminum manufacturers until we finally found the right one.”
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The Portugal collection is heavy on aluminum products: olive-oil dispensers, funnels, frying drying dishes. Grifo has a particular fondness for the material — “basically, I would love to open an aluminum shop,” she says — but its manufacturing is also quite prevalent in Portugal. In the ’60s and ’70s, when most countries were switching to steel, dictator-led Portugal didn’t have the money to modernize. As for this hook and trivet, neither is marked; “branding hasn’t really taken off yet in Portugal,” says Grifo, and while that makes for a refreshing lack of street advertisements, it also makes it really hard to find things. “We sent photos of the hook and trivet to random aluminum manufacturers until we finally found the right one.”