Industrial Design. Urban Design

“Dona” Line, 1964, Lisbon

System of enamel kitchenware.

The development of this series of enamel kitchenware, was based on the formal and metric coordination between the various models and the interchangeability of its constituent pieces.

The characteristic shape of the handles meant the lids could also be used as containers; the way the pieces fit together and how they could be stacked were studied to facilitate better storage and transportation. The choice of a quadrangular form, rejecting the traditional circle, was intended to contribute to the rational profitability of spaces. Moreover, it offered a change in behaviour, blurring the distinction between food preparation and consumption. These were ambivalent objects, designed for the stove, but also for serving at the table – just like the recent Pyrex glass containers. The varied colours corresponded to a desire to qualify the “domestic landscape” and to the affirmation of modernity in the universe of housework, in line with what was happening in terms of the growing acceptance of objects made from plastic as well as high pressure laminate furniture and fittings.

  • Client

    Metalúrgica Duarte Ferreira, Fábrica Águia/Engineer Manuel Macara,Engineer Duarte Ferreira.

  • Design Team

    Daciano da Costa, José Brandão e José Santa Bárbara

  • Other Collaborations

    Prototypes. Not produced industrially.

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