In Dialogue with Toni Grilo

Toni Grilo, Porto-based designer who had his urban installation inaugurated during our first edition and one of our advisory board members. Toni introduces us to Portugal's young creative talent and must-see spots of Lisbon.

This is another part of our series with our advisory board, in which we get to know Portugal through the lens of design’s leaders. Read on to discover new talents in Potrugal's designs scene.

Toni, can you recommend three young creatives to watch in Portugal in 2024? 

Here is my selection.

Daniel Vieira : An emerging product designer, who draws objects with astonishing simplicity and reveals their obviousness. Pictured: 'Hexa' - coffee / side table for Wewood Portuguese Joinery

Samuel Dos Santos : A promising, rigorous and talented designer, with an enthusiastic attitude.

Fabio Teixeira:  A young product designer who masters stone with elegance and accuracy.

What are you three favourite venues in terms of architecture and design in Lisbon?

Maat Museum:
A monument of contemporary architecture and creativity in Lisbon.

MUDE Design Museum:
We look forward to the reopening this year of the museum which represents our profession.

Prime Matter Gallery:
Prime Matter is a new space honouring art, design, and craftsmanship. Created by a designer, Emanuel Babled, this is a place that energizes contemporary design in the city.

What are your expectations for LDW2024?

We hope to see the birth of a strong event for design in Lisbon and Portugal. I very much hope that this stage will serve those involved in design, architecture and craftsmanship, to make themselves known to the citizens of the city, and also for young talents to be able to assert themselves.


Designer and Art Director, Toni Grilo was born in France in 1979. Graduate by the École Boulle in Paris in 2001, he moved to Lisbon while continuing to develop projects in France. Finding his Portuguese roots, he discovers a rich industrial and craft country, and is obsessed by the beauty of technical processes and materials. After various collaborations, he founded in 2005 his first agency, Objection, with the designer Elder Monteiro and in 2008 he opens his own studio, creating products, furniture and scenography.