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A Dialogue with Álvaro Siza

MOR Design

Written by Inma Buendía
Brand Story for MOR Design

Elegance is a constantly evolving concept – an almost polysemic word, as its meaning varies depending on the society in which it is spoken. However, beyond cultural differences, a general trend is emerging in design today: the relentless pursuit of functionality or, in other words, the ability to fulfill a need in the most efficient and effective way possible.

A methodology that applies austerity as a creative principle, in which nothing is superfluous or merely ornamental. It is at this point, explains Álvaro Siza, that an innovative response, an exceptional result, is conceived. “When you look at it, you must feel something special yet indescribable, for what is the purpose of design, if not to veer off the beaten track?” These precepts are applied by the Portuguese architect in the two pieces of furniture he has created for MOR Design: the Alcântara chair and the Alfama wardrobe.

Alcântara has been defined by Siza as “a comfortable, restful armchair, though not as comfortable as a sofa. A chair that emphasizes energy but is relaxing at the same time.” Made of plywood, veneered and edged in wood, the Alcântara chair is not only light and easy to move, but also efficient and sustainable throughout the production process. Álvaro Siza places high emphasis on sustainability, the responsible use of materials and the reduction of waste in production. This material fulfills these requirements, making Alcântara a practical and contemporary, yet warm and elegant piece.

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Alcântara has been defined by Siza as “a comfortable, restful armchair, though not as comfortable as a sofa. A chair that emphasizes energy but is relaxing at the same time.” Made of plywood, veneered and edged in wood, the Alcântara chair is not only light and easy to move, but also efficient and sustainable throughout the production process. Álvaro Siza places high emphasis on sustainability, the responsible use of materials and the reduction of waste in production. This material fulfills these requirements, making Alcântara a practical and contemporary, yet warm and elegant piece.

“Design is a dialogue. You have to understand what people need and want. That's how you create pieces with character.”

For its part, the Alfama wardrobe, named after a charming neighborhood in Lisbon, came about from the accumulation of Siza’s own past experiences. Available in three different wood versions: ash, oak and walnut, Alfama is his particular proposition to meet the most efficient use of space. Thanks to a simple system based on a transversely placed metal piece, the garments are not hung side by side, but one behind the other, resulting in a light and stylised silhouette that makes this closet adaptable to almost any space. As Siza explains: “Design is a dialogue. You have to understand what people need and want. That’s how you create pieces with character.”

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