Café Samt & Seide [Velvet and Silk Coffee] is the name of the installation designed to host the exhibition of the I Triennial of Architecture in Lisbon, built in the Edifício da Cordoaria, in Lisbon.
For the assembly of the exhibition – which shows a set of recent architectural works and projects – suspended fabrics are used, which compartmentalize the space, defining distinct areas and environments. The use of different fabrics – some opaque, others semi-transparent, sometimes light and flowing, sometimes heavy, with color, white or black – creates a succession of spaces of a different nature, labyrinthine, which reveal [or hide] the contents of the show.
At the end of the exhibition route, there is a café and a small auditorium.
The work takes up the work Café Samt & Seide, by Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich, at the Berliner Funkturm, in 1927.

[with a.s* – atelier de santos]