Everything has started in Portugal, outside Porto, in 1986, then came 2009, and Riluc was born - a new and surprising brand.
The starting point is a family-owned business with 25 years of know-how in the art of transforming metal, with extreme quality of fabrication and traditional craftsmanship techniques. In 2008 started the process of reinvention.
Toni Grilo was the responsible designer to give shape to the idea of creating an outstanding brand of furniture, “something that didn’t exist in the global market, capable of arousing curiosity and calling attention to the quality of work we have been producing for decades” dreamt Ricardo Lucas, the founder of the brand.
The first exhibition of the brand was made in 2009 at Intercasa in Lisbon with the sensational and sculptural Bibendum armchair. This objet d’art went around the world and Riluc became an iconic brand, known for its handcrafted wonders, the proof of genuine craftsmanship and its cutting edge design.
Then came the invitation to exhibit at the prestigious Maison & Objet, in Paris and the American “Details Magazine” listed Riluc on “The World’s Top Emerging Furniture Makers”, considering the brand one of the ten most promising companies in the furniture sector.
Designer and Art Director, Toni Grilo was born in France in 1979. Graduate by the École Boulle in Paris in 2001, he immediately goes to Lisbon, continuing to develop projects in France. At the end of Europe, finding its roots, he discovers a rich industrial and craft country, and is obsessed by the beauty of technical processes and materials. After various collaborations, he decides to stay permanently in Portugal: he founds in 2005 a first agency, Objection with the designer Elder Monteiro, but in 2008 he opens his own studio, creating products, furniture and scenography.
Now based in Porto, he manages several international brands such as Riluc, Haymann, Blackcork or the prestigious centenary silver manufacture Topázio. Toni works also with another clients, like Feira de Lisboa, including the creation of the fair LXD Lisboa Design Show, and also TAP, Roche-Bobois, Christofle, Art-on-Chairs, Tools Galerie, Corque, Munna, etc.