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De La Espada is industrial design with a warm heart, where luxury is expressed through tactile materials and obsessive detailing. We focus on the key pieces of furniture for the home: a place to eat, a place to rest, a place to sleep, and a place to work. Our dedicated factory in Northern Portugal specialises in intelligent solid wood furniture craft steeped in tradition and innovation. Close partnerships with designers result in diverse yet aligned product families that are the building blocks for authentic interiors.

De La Espada was founded in 1993 by Luis De Oliveira and Fatima De La Espada. Hailing from Porto and Madrid respectively and educated in London, the founders opened the first De La Espada store in London in 1996, when there was comparatively little quality contemporary furniture in the city. The De La Espada aesthetic evolved from influences including the Arts and Crafts movement, architects such as Tadao Ando, Luis Barragan, John Pawson, and Alvaro Siza, and Scandinavian design from the 1950s. De La Espada operated as a designer/manufacturer/retailer of their own products until 2007 when they began to enter into the second phase of the business.

Since 2007, De La Espada has partnered with select leading designers, creating fully developed product lines that are true to the creative vision of each. These close partnerships harness the strengths of both partners, for tactile, enduring products with emotional appeal.