Daciano da Costa

1930 - 2005

Daciano da Costa was with no doubt one of the most outstanding figures of Portuguese Design in the twentieth century second half. 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 the first degree in Design Architecture. Architect, designer, entrepreneur and pedagogue. 

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

He was considered "the pope of Portuguese design".

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From the sketch to the design project

Daciano da Costa was one of the pioneers of industrial design in Portugal, he designed for many sectors of the national industry. From very early on, Daciano da Costa dedicated himself to the design of furniture and equipment for specific environments, working in articulation with the architectural project.

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Prática System reissue 2020

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, new Gallery in Lisbon.

As part of the valorisation and dissemination of our project started in 2013, we opened this space in Lisbon with the purpose of presenting new editions and reissues of lines of objects belonging to the author's works.

The Office
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