Kate Andrews

TRANSPLASTIC Furniture by Campana Brothers

by , 12/27/07

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Fernando and Humberto Campana, the Brazilian brother design duo, have long been known for their unique combination of craft-meets-contemporary, recycled-meets-high design furniture. This past summer, they debuted their latest creations, called TransPlastic, at London’s Albion Gallery, which showcased their wicker and plastic crafty yet modern furniture designs. We love the super-cool take on a vernacular form, made hip and new using traditional materials in a cocoon-like encasing technique.



campana brothers, humberto fernando campana, transfurniture, recycled furniture, craft furniture, reclaimed materials, recycled design

The TransPlastic collection encapsulated many concepts explored throughout the Campanas’ work history: revisiting material clashes with a more mature approach. All the TransPlastic pieces are handcrafted with a very typical brazilian fiber called ‘apuí’. The extraction of this fiber helps preserve and control the biodiversity of the forests as apuí suffocates and kills the trees from which they grow. These fibers are removed manually, without any tools or processes that may harm the trees. The fiber is an analogy for this series of work; the wicker begins to grow from the plastic, suffocating and drawing nourishment from it, reinforcing the original theses of the fictional story Fernando and Humberto campana have chosen to tell.

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2 Comments

  1. TynnLyzzi June 16, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Normally, I am not one to leave even a seemingly negative comment.. But these furniture/designs would be quite beautiful and interesting if it were sans the trailer park plastic furniture. I believe I understand the point of the designs, but I think that some types of art/furniture/styles are simply not meant to mix.. not because there are no artistic geniuses capable to discover the optimal placement of the disparate elements, but more simply because it looks like a desperate attempt to do something “different” that will make an impact on the style and design community. Rather than a kitschy or interesting and since unused combination of elements it just looks sad…. Sometimes we have to acknowledge that people can fail at a particular project or projected attempt without being entirely failed as designers or artists.

  2. hussiani October 18, 2010 at 1:21 am
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