Daciano da Costa

1930 - 2005

Daciano da Costa was with no doubt one of the most outstanding figures of Portuguese Design during the second half of the 20th century. He worked in several design-related areas and had an extensive professorship at university level. He attended the School of Decorative Arts of António Arroio and the Superior School of Fine Arts in Lisbon, leading later on the first degree in Design Architecture. 

The volume and the cultural awareness of Daciano’s lifetime work over a 50-year career place him in the world pantheon of contemporary designers. 

Architect, designer, entrepreneur, and pedagogue, he was considered "the pope of Portuguese design".

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Exhibition "Esperar Sentado"...the chair design in Portugal

The exhibition "Sitting in wait...the design of the chair in Portugal" arises from a cycle of conversations that took place at the Roca Lisboa Gallery, between 2021 and 2022, where the aim was to draw the historical path, particularly in the design of the chair in a national context.

Through the analysis of the most iconic piece of seating furniture, the Chair, we will try to build its evolution and contextualization through readings structured directly with its creators.

The exhibition reports on some of the most important examples, and already with historical significance, from the participants in this core of conversations that now becomes an exhibition.

Looking at this object as a barometer of the cultural and social conditions that crossed the country, through pieces by Carmo Valente, António Garcia, Daciano da Costa, Nuno Ladeiro, Toni Grilo, Marco Sousa Santos, Paulo Parra, Pedro Silva Dias or Daniel Caramelo, we will try to sketch a trace of the second half of the twentieth century around the design of chairs in national territory.

Visit the exhibition and find the Alvor and Palace chairs by Daciano da Costa.

Curator and architect Pedro Novo.

Esperar sentado - Roca Lisboa Gallery

The chair design in Portugal

A current look

Daciano da Costa Works

Considered by many as the most important Portuguese designer of the 20th century, Daciano da Costa's vast curriculum highlights works in areas such as interior architecture, furniture, industrial, exhibition, and graphic design, as well as scenography and costumes. Daciano da Costa´s work can be seen in Portugal and worldwide in places such as MUDE-Museum of Design and Fashion (Lisbon), Centre Pompidou (Paris), CCB - Belém Cultural Center (Lisbon), Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, among others.

Where to Find

Quadratura 1971

Daciano da Costa Office

Come visit Daciano da Costa Design, the new Gallery in Lisbon.

Space where you will find original pieces by Daciano da Costa and re-editions that the Atelier has been working on since 2019.

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