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Alvaro Siza Vieira

The design section of the 1990-2004 Portugal Exhibition at Milan’s Triennale (November 2004) hosted two objects by Alvaro Siza Vieira, the Portuguese architect who best embodies the concise, melancholic expressiveness of his native land: two small, slender, ingeniously-designed metal objects - a bookstop by DDI of 1990, and Fil, a table lamp by Mobles 114, also produced in 1990.
As it happens, Alvaro Siza Vieira has done most of his designing in Italy. All told, however, his projects can be counted on the fingers of one hand. Perhaps he is too shy and too exacting to really hit it off with Italy’s sanguine, garrulous entrepreneurs.
Patrizia Acierno, owner of the company of the same name, today trading as Woodesign, tells how she came to produce Siza’s Cadeira almost as a bet when, in 1989, the designer-architect arrived in Sicily to meet Ludovico Corrao, the town-designer...

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