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Telling memories through objects.
Photo ©Filipa Alves

Photo ©Filipa Alves


Monica Braga dos Santos is a Creative Director and Product Designer from Porto, Portugal. Inspired by History and its expression in art and culture, the simplicity and timelessness of Mid-Century Modern style and by the Japanese “sensitivity to things”, she creates delicate, authentic and sensorial designs, which have a life beyond their functional character.

Over the past 15 years, Monica has designed products for high-end and retail brands such as Munna, Vista Alegre and Zara Home.

In 2015, driven by the motivation to contribute to the promotion of Portuguese Design and its Industry, she founded Monica Santos Studio. While providing services for other brands, ‘Serendipity’ tableware was her first studio edition.

Portfolio and extended CV available upon request.


‘An old soul with
a taste for the contemporary’


Selected awards

2017 ‘Ada’ 2 seat sofa / Sentta
Archiproduct Design Selection at Maison et Objet Fair
2012 ‘Becomes Me’ armchair / Munna
Winner of The International Design and Architecture Award
2004 ‘How Can We Catch Water?’ water container, co-author.
Honorable Mention in Macef Design Award
2000 ‘Paixão’ ceramic tiles, co-author / Revigrés
2nd Prize of Concurso Nacional de Design em Português


2019 in / PERFECTION at Dutch Design Week, Veem — Eindhoven, Netherlands (upcoming 19-27 Oct)
2019 Vicara at Museu da Olaria — Barcelos, Portugal (till 31 December)
2019 1000 VASES at Paris Design Week 2019, Espace Commines — Paris, France
PDP (Portuguese Design Products) Act II at Verso Branco Design Store — Lisbon, Portugal
2018 Re-invented Crafts, A new perspective on Portuguese design at Dutch Design Week, Veem — Eindhoven, Netherlands
2016 Talents at Ambiente Fair — Frankfurt, Germany
2015 Designboom Mart at Stockholm Furniture & Lighting Fair — Stockholm, Sweden



Over the years, Monica has created a diverse professional background for herself, working for luxury & retail brands, while carrying on with her own work: Munna, Vista Alegre, Zara Home, Anthropologie, Horizon 47, Sentta, Herdmar, SPAL, Next, Debenhams, Revigrés and Mglass are some examples of brands she has collaborated with.