Brothers Fernando and Humberto Campana, Brazilian designers, use unexpected combinations of found materials, such as tissue paper, furry toys or string, for transforming modest materials into novel and artistic objects.

They take much care of the materials they're using on their works. The challenge, as they see it, is to transform something poor into something decadent.

Favela Chair for Edra (1991):

It was inspired by the Favelas constructions in São Paulo. They used scraps of woods they found on the street.

Vermelha Chair for Edra (1993 to 1998):

In the Vermelha chair, the brothers tie and weave an abundance of brilliantly coloured cord through a metal frame. It marked the beginning of industrial production of the furniture pieces.

Corallo for Edra (2003):

The irregular woven form of the chair is shaped by hand, to resmeble the coral reefs of the coast of Brazil. It is a three simensional scribble.

Kaiman Jacaré for Edra (2006):

Named after the brazilian crocodrile, is a composition of irregular padded shapes forming, what looks, at tangle of alligators. Each element can be detached and reattached at will.

They've also designed different objects for companies like Alessi, for which they've designed Blow Up Series (1993), inspired in how artisans used the bamboo.

The Campanas are able to use artisanal techniques while making a new aesthetic base on experimentation. They've also transmitted a vision of São Paulo. "Our designs were born in the street, from the urban-kitsch of the popular quarters and contact with nature", they say. "Whenever we can, we go back to our farm. Nature revitalises our ideas".

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