Miguel constructing the set for Portugal’s exhibition at the International Fashion Showcase
“THERE’S NO WASTE WITH CORK, BECAUSE YOU CAN ALWAYS COMPRESS IT AND MAKE NEW MATERIAL.”
The Portuguese born, London based set designer is certainly humble despite the whirlwind success he has enjoyed since graduating from Central Saint Martins in 2013. At only 25, his work has been featured in a range of magazine titles, including Vogue Hommes International, Dazed and Confused and Wallpaper*, and he has worked alongside a slew of renowned photographers: Laurence Ellis, Brett Lloyd and Frederik Heyman, just to name a few.
Bento got his start with the Performance Design course at CSM, where he did a mix of things related to stage setup. A fortunate internship with Gary Card, one of the hottest set designers in London, eventually led to a full time job. “That was the reason I ended up doing set design,” he explains. During his time with Card, Bento dabbled in everything, working alongside his boss from the start to finish of a brief. “Even the administrative stuff, which is actually really important even if you don’t realize it.” Bento took the skills he learned with Card and embarked on his own projects, which he had been evolving for some time. He now works entirely for himself, and has built quite a strong reputation in the set design community. Case in point was Sunday when the British Fashion Council created an award category specifically for him.