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Trish Lorenz

journalist & writer

Location icon Portugal

A journalist and writer with more than 15 years experience, I divide my time between Lisbon and London. I write about culture, people and places for publications actross the UK and US.


The Guardian

The Guardian
Meet the 'graffiti grannies' of Lisbon

The oldest is 90, the youngest 59 - and workshops in the Portuguese capital for older people who want to make street art are proving hugely popular

The Guardian
Chile cool: art, music and graffiti in laid-back Valparaíso

As the sun sets, the houses that cover the city's many hillsides change tone, chameleon-like, from strong and vibrant to dusky shades of pink, gold, sage and pale blue. On the park lawn, a trapeze artist is balancing on a high wire in the last fingers of sunshine and two actors rehearse their lines under the violet blooms of a jacaranda tree.

The Guardian
Homes: African graphic textiles

The sun is scorching the courtyard in suburban Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, where Malian designer Boubacar Doumbia has set up a temporary workshop. Swatches of fabric from his new collection - hand-painted in intricate detail - are drying on the hot, dusty ground. A young assistant appears, bringing a bowl of mud.

The Financial Times

Financial Times
Lisbon's prime market is changing fast as city's revival continues

The ornate 18th-century Palácio Chiado in central Lisbon, which reopened this spring following a two-year renovation, is emblematic of Lisbon's revival. Now home to seven restaurants, a bar and private dining rooms, the Palácio is brimming with wealthy Lisboetas and expats alike.

Financial Times
How a law change is helping Porto discover its revival instinct

Built on the steep hillside overlooking the Douro river, with the old port warehouses occupying the opposite bank, Porto's picturesque old town has steep medieval lanes with high, narrow town houses and wide, leafy squares with 19th-century palaces and grand neoclassical buildings. Known as the Ribeira, this historic centre is a Unesco world heritage site.

Financial Times
Portuguese designers enjoy resurgence despite financial crisis

Portugal has a rich artisanal heritage and, today, many of the world's biggest retailers, such as Ikea, source products and skills in the country. However, with the exception of Pritzker prizewinning architects Álvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura, who both design modernist furniture and lighting, there have been few truly notable Portuguese designers and even fewer Portuguese designer brands to date.

Financial Times
Sustainable homeware: high-end decor that won't cost the earth

We are infatuated with luxury. In its January 2014 report, "Shock of the New Chic: Dealing with New Complexity in the Business of Luxury", the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) estimated that consumers spent a total of more than $1.8tn worldwide on high-end goods in 2012, and predicted that subsequent annual growth at 7 per cent a year would outpace GDP.

Financial Times
Seaweed as decor

With its rubbery texture and distinctive salty scent, seaweed seems an unlikely ingredient to use in upmarket products, but as the search for unusual materials intensifies and sustainability issues move up the design and architectural agenda, manufacturers are reappraising its potential.

Financial Times
Furniture made in Africa, built for the world

African furniture is undergoing a transformation. Forget village handicrafts; today's designs are contemporary, high-end and beginning to sport "Made in Africa" branding. They are also a growing presence in both local and overseas markets. The continent's creative industries are on the rise, boosted by a buoyant economy and emerging middle class with a growing disposable income.

Monocle magazine

New York Times & other US Publications

New York Times
In Lisbon, Shopping in the Shadow of History and Rebirth

LISBON - With its cobbled lanes, vintage trams and ancient castle, Lisbon oozes history. Its shops, too, offer a glimpse back in time. According to the city council, Lisbon has at least 50 stores that have been serving customers the same products from the same venue for more than 100 years, stores that were open and trading when horses were more common than cars and electric lighting was still a newfangled concept.

World Politics Review
As Europe Moves Right, Portugal Veers Left-and Thrives

Since taking power in 2015, Portugal's Socialist Party has paired economic tailwinds with an effective political narrative about rolling back austerity. It's unclear, though, whether the party's success offers lessons for socialists elsewhere in Europe who are losing ground in the current political environment.

Other UK Publications

The Sunday Times
How to buy property in Lisbon, Europe's coolest city

"I love everything about it, from the hills and the views to the jacaranda trees, the kiosks in the squares, the light, the sea breeze, the food and the wine. It's a very human city and it's architecturally beautiful," says Tariq El-Asad, 32, who has traded London for Lisbon.

The Telegraph

This elegant three-room guesthouse is the kind of house you wish you lived in yourself. The bedrooms are large, light and tranquil with white walls, stripped wood floors, squashy sofas and fresh flowers. The shared areas are sophisticated and welcoming in an understated way.

iStyle: Pop Art inspiration from the Barbican

Bringing together around 200 pieces by over 70 artists and designers, the exhibition ( barbican.org.uk) features the work of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Peter Blake alongside objects by designers such as Achille Castiglioni, Charles and Ray Eames and Ettore Sottsass, among others.

The 50 Best holiday cottages

The experts:William Gray is a travel writer and editor of 101familyholidays.co.ukDavid Else is lead author of the new Lonely Planet guide to Great Britain, published 17 May.Jim Manthorpe (jimmanthorpe.com) is the author of guidebook Scottish Highlands - The Hillwalking Guide.Alastair Sawday is founder of Sawday's, the guide to special places to stay, and recommends cottages for foodies (sawdays.co.uk)Emma Gregg (emmagregg.com) is a travel journalist and is eco-renovating an 17th century...

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