The Founder

Julie de Halleux (b. Belgium) was immersed from her childhood in the art and craftsmanship world. She pursued business studies at highly rated Ecole de Commerce Solvay in Brussels and started her professional career with Price Waterhouse Coopers, where she worked 6 years in the tax and corporate finance department.

Soon she wanted to become more independent and started investing in real estate, while developing at the same time a practice of home interior advice, both for her own and for clients’ projects. Some of her realisations were published in various decoration and lifestyle magazines.

After ten successful years in Brussels, she moved in 2013 with her family to Lisbon, where she was attracted by the beauty of the city and the investment opportunities in the real estate market. While developing her real estate projects, she started to explore the wealth of talented artists and artisans in Portugal and rapidly came to the conclusion that they deserved to be better promoted. This led her to launch the Lisbon by Design intimate design fair, with 3 sucessful editions in 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Julie strives to develop this fair and launch new initiatives around Portuguese artists and artisans.

In 2023 she co founded the Lisbon Design Week organising 50 creative events in the city around craft and design.