The exhibition of the work of Álvaro Siza at the Tchoban Foundation in Berlin is far more than just a retrospective.
Bd was launched in 1972 as a producer of contemporary furniture with a piece that is now a part of design history: the Flamingo lamp by the Portuguese architect siza vieira. The current halogen version was introduced in 1985.
dinary thing about the Flamingo cannot be appreciated in photographs, nor even in detailed design plans. What distinguishes it from any other lamp is its use. Its unusual height, the quality of its light, the neutrality and apparent fragility of its varia
ble and detachable structure, the mobility of its very delicate wings, all allow for unsuspected uses. It can be a substitute for a candle at dinner, light up a picture or bookrest, allow reading in bed without disturbing the possible bedfellow...”.