The favela chair by the Campana brothers.

Favela chair. Campana brothers. Edra.2003

Tommy Papaioannou 11/6/2016

Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana created the Favela chair for the Italian company Edra. As the company says: “The beauty of Favela lies in the choice of natural materials combined with the apparent simplicity of construction. In reality, the armchair is the result of a week of work and great manual expertise.

Manual skill is essential to the success of the final product. Favela is the demonstration of the importance of this ability to interpret projects with unique design, such as that which characterizes the style of the Campana brothers.

Without any internal frame, Favela is made with many strips of natural wood, similar to thoseused to build the shacks of the favelas in Brazil. Pine for indoor use, teak also for outdoor. In both cases, the strips are nailed one over the other by hand, in a random arrangement that makes every chair different from the next.”

One could argue that a chair made from off-cuts is a move towards the right direction. This is yet another stylistic marketing pirouette. It changes hands for between € 2,000 and €2,500 at auctions. Alternatively  you can buy a new one for €3,818.60  (incl.VAT) here.


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