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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We are proud to announce that Daciano da Costa (1930-2005) one of the most outstanding Portuguese designers entered the permanent collection of Vitra Design Museum, the world’s leading museums of design.
Daciano da Costa will be represented with two models selected by Vitra Design Museum that are now key objects of design history among other important design personalities.
Quadratura Chair (1971) and Chair Alvor Hotel (1967) 
It is with great satisfaction that we are sharing this important moment for the dissemination of the author’s work internationally.


Quadratura Chair (1971) and Chair Alvor Hotel (1967)

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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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