From Laboratories to Libraries: - furniture for public services in Portugal (1940-1970)

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This paper seeks to explain the role of the State as a commissioner of furniture for its services and buildings, and by that its impact on furniture design and industry. The Ministry of Public Works, being responsible for the construction of public buildings and installation of government facilities, as well as for its furniture and equipment, is one of the most important agents in this analysis. The second part will give a general view of the quality and capacity of the manufacturers in responding to those challenges.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBack to the Future. The Future in the Past. Conference Proceedings Book
EditorsOriol Moret
Place of PublicationBarcelona
PublisherEdicions de la Universitat de Barcelona
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-84-9168-171-7
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventICDHS 10th+1 Barcelona 2018 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 29 Oct 20181 May 2019


ConferenceICDHS 10th+1 Barcelona 2018


  • Furniture history
  • Industry history
  • Public services
  • Estado Novo


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