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The Observer Magazine
London | UK, July 2004
"Gomes has turned her thoughts to the domestic landscape, to some of the items we interact with every day.
Her quirky but pratical storage ideas are not like anything seen before. Panal is the Portuguese word for when you wrap up all your belongings in a piece of frabric – Dick Whittington style.
And that is what she calls her crazy take on the dish rack, designed to be suspended from the ceiling. «I was thinking of the fragility of a pile of plates and imagining a waitress in a restaurant and wondering if the plates will fall.»
She developed her seemingly fragile yet secure Panal using a plastic material normally employed by model makers.
I tis, she admits, very complicated to make, but hopes to develop it for manufacture. «I had a very good response from the public,» she says. (...)
Gomes hopes to stay in London for a while to develop her work. «In Portugal it’s a very small group of people working in design,» she says.