Industrial Design. Urban Design

“Dfi” collection, 1971

System of office furniture.

Following an ethos of rationalizing bureaucratic work, the project for the Dfi line would focus on creating a system capable of materializing the concept of a complex workstation, surrounding the user with a set of tops suited to different tasks and equipment.

Yet it was hoped that this would be an affordable line, for large-scale production, capable of meeting the growth in demand resulting from the expansion of the tertiary sector in Portugal. The utopian dimension of the project – expressed from the outset by the label “Dfi”, from the French défi (“challenge”) – was expressed as much in the aspiration for a rationality without limits as in the defence of the designer as interpreter of the consumer’s aspirations in relation to the industry.

Units Produced until 1983:

  • 40 500 desks
  • 10 500 meeting tables
  • 18 700 cabinets
  • Client

    Metalúrgica da Longra | Fernando Seixas

  • Design Team

    Daciano da Costa, Carlos Costa, Cristóvão Macara; Fernando Pinto e josé Góis (main atelier)

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