ÀLVARO SIZA VIEIRA – ARCHITECT
ÀLVARO SIZA (born in 1933) is one of the world’s most decorated architects and a key figure in modern architecture, Álvaro Siza Vieira graduated from the School of Fine Arts in Porto in 1955.
Described as a “poetic modernist”, Siza Vieira was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 1992. In the jury’s own words “Like the early Modernists, his shapes, molded by light, have a deceptive simplicity about them; they are honest.” His plans for the headquarters of the Iberê Camargo Foundation in Porto Alegre, Brazil (completed in 2008) won him a Golden Lion in Venice in 2002. Siza Vieira was awarded the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition in 2012.
VAVA is very much inspired by Architecture.
Framed as buildings, our eyewear uses the face as a landscape.
There is a strong interplay between the design elements involved in architecture and VAVA. Eyewear being a rigid object needs to fit a face perfectly, ultimately looking at becoming a mechanic part of the body.
Siza works have always been a great source of inspiration for VAVA.
This commitment would be upheld by the creation of a capsule collection of eyewear. For this occasion, the essential qualities of the models would be synchronised with the experimental ethos of Alvaro Siza.