A modern interpretation of the classical times. A unique vision of the past. A ‘new old’. BESSA recreates the sensations and the stories of earlier times through Design. A past full of exciting memories inspiring feelings of nostalgia.


Passion for the Past – The past is our best inspiration. In contrast with the standardized current trends the past is exciting and provides us with memories that we do not want to forget.


Bessa’s pieces tell a story and have a soul that holds the essence of the past.


The pieces are unique. They are the result of the designer’s and artisan’s commitment and passion for a luxurious past. Excellence defines each piece. Involved in its refinement our imagination travels through time and through elegant and pleasant places.


BESSA’s creations are exclusive. They are luxurious author’s pieces that can only be found in BESSA. The pieces are designed and handmade just for this brand. All our creations are designed to fulfill the requirements of exclusive clients, who demand the best for their lives.

João Bessa is a creator who seeks the origins in all aspects of his daily life. Being passionate about the history of Design, João is inspired by Vintage & Classic and recreates the best of the past in his own way.

He combines his very own style with Art and Design, creating exclusive furniture pieces of pure beauty: 'We create the perfection of the past.'

Craft Production

All BESSA pieces are handmade. We value and bring to life the production techniques that have been forgotten through the years in an industrialized world. It is only possible to transmit passion because each BESSA’s piece is shaped by several experienced craftsmen who seize the challenge of turning the past into the present. From each of them, from their hands, their love and wisdom come the delicate details that make the perfection of each piece.

Tradition and Innovation

The pieces are built with traditional materials and inspired in unique objects. Contemporary design recreates them by using the traditional techniques and knowledge together with the fantastic possibilities of modern redesign.

“Sissi of Austria and Hungary” is a central figure of history and European imaginary. As such, BESSA Design has created a piece that honors her life and elegance. Sissi mirror is finished in gold leaf and boasts asymmetric artistry, recalling the known and irreverent personality of the “Empress”. The gilded crafts remind the luxurious baroque of the imperial rooms that welcomed her. The mirror is a unique piece of great talent and crafstmanship, which does justice to Sissi´s passion for art. It is a piece that revives several stories and brings us “Passionate Memories”.