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. De La Espada Atelier is the De La Espada in-house design team, led by Simon Kämpfer. The product range is influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement and mid-century Scandinavian design combined with the rich craft heritage of Portugal. The expertise in design, craft and retail that De La Espada has gained over more than 25 years is revealed in furniture that is quiet and intricately detailed, functional and versatile, luxuriously tactile, and at once international and rooted in the home of our dedicated factory.
Since 2007, they have taken a more collaborative approach, working closely with carefully selected design partners and retailers across the world, combining expertise and exchanging cultures, friendships, and ideas.