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We are a design studio that focuses on finding solutions with origin.
We believe in design that unfolds from an exploration between people and place.
It’s an integrated practice that explores cultural research as an approach to original, engaged and sustainable material culture. Fueled by a curiosity and passion for low technologies and endemic materials, it is also a sensitivity and value for tradition and the process of making.
By employing design as a facilitator, we can work together with clients and partners to ensure a process that builds platforms and networks to empower communication and knowledge.
Our work engages in a joint and coordinated effort, one that we oversee and guide through all phases of project development and that is fruitful for projects at multiple scales.

Who we are

The Home Project is a design studio founded in 2005 by Álbio Nascimento (PT) and Kathi Stertzig (DE).
Kathi studied interior- and product-design in Hanover, Milan and Eindhoven. She works in product- and interior design as well as in project-management and strategy. Since 2004 she is teaching skills for sustainable and socially motivated product development in various international design universities. Her work is driven by questions of how design can improve social and environmental issues.
Álbio works as designer since 2004. After studying in Lisbon, Milan and Potsdam, he focused on regional strategies through the enhancement of their situated craft practices. His MA-Research on Crafts Oriented Design became subject of various lectures and classes in international universities.
Together their core competence lays in socially motivated project-development and in design based on low-technology and situated practices.


A Vida Portuguesa (Portugal)
Artesania Catalunya – Government of Catalunya (Spain)
Bauhaus University Weimar (Germany)
Büro Stattmann (Germany)
Casas Brancas – Rede de Turismo Criativo (Portugal)
CACO – Associação de Artesãos de Odemira (Portugal)
Casa Modesta (Portugal)
Centro Nacional de Arte, Artesanato e Design de Cabo Verde (Cape Verde)
Centro Regional de Apoio ao Artesanato – Açores (Portugal)
Chloroform (Belgium)
CCDR Algarve (Portugal)
Câmara Municipal de Lisboa (Portugal)
Câmara Municipal de Loulé (Portugal)
Faculdade de Belas Artes – Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal)
Zhejiang University of Science and Technology (China)
Internationales Design Zentrum Berlin (Germany)
Istanbul Bilgi University (Turkey)
Ministério da Cultura – Governo de Portugal
MUDE – Museu do Design e da Moda (Portugal)
Rota Vicentina (Portugal)
Short Cut – Berlin (Germany)
Turismo do Centro – Turismo de Portugal
Vluchtelingenwerk Antwerpen (Belgium)

Articles + Books

The Craft and the Makers — Gestalten — Germany 2014
Projecto TASA
Book — Editorial Coordination – CCDR Algarve – Portugal 2012
USELESS – Edited by Frederico Duarte + Max Bruinsma – Babel – ExperimentaDesign Bienal de Lisboa – Portugal 2011
“O Dilema do Espremedor de Laranjas” Article (with Frederico Duarte) – FIA Catalog – IEFP Portugal 2011
Eins Zu Eins, Ein Workshop – Edited by Kathi Stertzig & Daniel Reisch – Bauhaus Universität Weimar – Germany 2010
Timeless – Experimentadesign exhibition catalog – Athena – Portugal 2010
“The Young Vernacular: Unreliable Approaches to Craft” Article – THERE: Journal of Design – University of Minnesota College of Design, USA 2010
Cultura Intensiva exhibition catalogue — Editorial Coordination – Portugal 2009 
“Reinventing Modernity Through Tradition: Product Development in Traditional Craftsmanship”  Paper – Engaging Artifacts, NORDES Conference Catalog, Oslo – Norway 2009
“Design as catalyst of traditional culture”– Q&H conference catalog, Berlin – Germany 2008
“Kitchen Sensations-Synesthesia” – SIGGRAPH 2004 Art gallery – Los Angeles 2004


Como se Pronuncia Design em Português – Museu do Design e da Moda Lisbon – Portugal 2015
GEBLÜT Positions in Design – Villa Schöningen Potsdam – Germany 2013/14
Lugar de Estar – Interieur Kortrijk 12 – Belgium 2012
The Future is Stupid – Lodz Design Festival – Poland 2012
Moving Materials – Red Dot Design Museum, Essen + Dutch Design Week – Netherlands 2012
Far Lume/Shed Light – Museo Poldi Pezzoli – Fuori Salone Milano – Italy 2012
Collecting Collections and Concepts – Guimarães European Capital of Culture – Portugal 2012
Recréer La Nature – Liége Cateadral – Liége Design Biennial – France 2010
A Mano – Ambiente Frankfurt – Germany 2010
Revolution 99/09 – ExperimentaDesign Lisboa – Portugal 2010
Inter-Connected – New York Design Week – USA 2010
Destination: Portugal – MoMA Store New York – USA 2010
Timeless – ExperimentaDesign 09 – Lisboa 2009
Cultura Intensiva – solo exhibition – Museu Cidade de Olhão + ExperimentaDesign 09 Lisboa – 2009
10 Years Anniversary Guggenheim Berlin – Museum Store – Berlin 2008
NEST – CBK – The Netherlands – Apeldoorn 2008
The Salt Collection – solo exhibition – Moshi+Morkel Gallery – Berlin 2007
Haute Green – New York Design Week – USA 2007
Portuguese Design Promotion – Icon Design Trail – Selfridges London – UK 2006
Universal House – Addictlab Exhibition – Salone del Mobile Milano – Italy 2006


Die Zeit Magazin Nº 32 – Germany 2014
The New York Times
– May 22 USA 2014 (pdf)
DesignMagazine – Jan/Fev – Portugal 2014
Gestalten TV – Germany 2013
2+3D – nº49 – Poland 2013
Merian – August – Germany 2013
Elle Deco Lab Nº2 – France 2013
Artecapital – “O Designer Social” – Portugal 2013
Elle Decoration – February 2013 – Netherlands
P2 – Público, December 9 – Portugal 2012
Der Freitag nº22 “In der richtigen Form” – Germany 2012 (pdf)
Die Zeit – “Die Souvenirmacher” – Germany 2011
Fábrica de Talentos nº8 – Portugal 2011
Wallpaper* November 2011
OBJECT — Australian Centre for Craft — Issue 55 – Australia 2008
DXI Magazine, Nº30 – Spain 2008
Bulletí Nr.17 – Artesania Catalunya – Spain 2008
ÍPSILON – Público, August 17 – Portugal 2007
Addict Magazine – EcoWorld Issue – Belgium 2007
Addict Magazine – World Heritage Issue – Belgium 2006