Toino Abel was founded by Nuno Henriques, who has experimented and developed an increasing interest for handwork over the past 10 years. Nuno uses his understanding of craft and his passion for nature to drive forward a tradition that has been lost almost completely. Nuno started Toino Abel in 2010 in Berlin and moved to the Portuguese countryside in 2013 to work on a daily basis alongside local artisans.
Toino Abel was the first, and for many years the only, movement interested in the Portuguese reed basket making. Toino Abel started out by documenting, cherishing and sharing this craft to a new public – with whom they shared values and aesthetic affinities. They paid better prices, improved working conditions, documented all patterns and technical details, made the manufacturing process transparent, returned to the use of local materials.
Messum’s Wiltshire is a pioneering multi-purpose gallery and arts centre celebrating the creative endeavour.