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AFC10 - Nuvem, round wire basket


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(In Portuguese “nuvem” means ‘cloud’, alluding to the sort of bird’s nest of aluminium wire, tangled then squashed and spun, that characterises the objects in this series). We finally did it! This project has been on the drawing board in our engineering department for several years. We had quite a time finding a manufacturing process that would both preserve the exquisitely artisanal, manual, almost sketch-like flavour of the concept while at the same time allowing us to produce it at a reasonable price. In the end we figured it out, and we’re happy to finally be able to present a new example of the lightness and consistency that is central to the work of Brazilian brothers. The retail prices, which are a surprise to everyone, place this line in the “A di Alessi” catalogue as a perfect exemplar of the “Super & popular”.
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Humberto Campana, lawyer and Fernando Campana, architect, have been working together in San Paolo since 1983 in the field of artistic design. They came into the limelight in 1989 with the furniture exhibition provocatively entitled "Gli inconfortabili" (The Inconsolable), a political manifesto rather than functional objects. Their radical point of view is strengthened by the use of poor materials and industrial rubbish. Hand-made products represent the possibility of social redemption in a poor country. Their intention is, however, to find a way for Brazilian design, avoiding European colonisation. In Italy, they participated in the "Viaggio in Italia" exhibition at Abitare il Tempo in Verona in 1994 and in 1995 at the exhibition organised at the Brazilian Consulate in Milan "Il Brasile fa anche design". In 1997 they designed lights for O Luce. Some of their pieces appear in the International Design Year Book of 1997, edited by Philippe Starck. In 1998 the Moma in New York dedicated the "Progetto 66" exhibition to them, coupled with Ingo Maurer.