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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Daciano da Costa - From the form in space to the space of the form

In exhibition until the end of the month of august.


An exhibition that explores the holistic essence and pertinence of the work of designer Daciano da Costa – the greatest Precursor of Portuguese Design, curated by Le Brimet and Susana Chasse. An event organised by CLINK in a collaboration with the Daciano da Costa Atelier.


A never before seen showing, after twenty-one years,  that praises the author’s creative spirit and the embodiment of his ideas in modernist objects of different scales, industrial/manual processes and materialities, created in previously defined spatial-temporal intervals. Design for the context, made for a specific space but simultaneously capable of overcoming the initial assumptions, asserting itself as a work of design in its fullness - total, timeless and authentic design. An experience made of educational and sensorial contemporaneity that reveals the vital importance that design has on Daciano’s professional path, that turned the his practice academic and professional and his experimentation and constant mark of his authorship. The historical past remits us to the origin of thought and of action-achievement, the present is now defined by the re-editions coordinated by the Daciano da Costa Atelier, led by his daughter Inês Cottinelli. The future is the national and international affirmation of the legacy that is indissociable from Portuguese history and culture, immortalised and made real in shapes that fill spaces, houses, museums and public buildings - Man/Brand. A global experience organised and presented by CLINK, exhibiting original and reissued works, documentary, original drawings, photographs by the author, podcast and testimonies from the unequalled and irrepetible universe of Daciano da Costa, the creative individual that designed forms for space while simultaneously providing space for the assertion of forms.


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About CLINK:

CLINK presents itself as a cultural, social and economical organism that intends to connect artists, designers, craftsmen, and industry in general. Founded by cultural entrepreneurs Paulo André and Le Brimet in 2021, and has the collaboration of Art Director Susana Chasse and Project Manager Ana Murmur.



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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