Milan update: The Campana Brothers are the latest designers to produce objects for Design With Conscience - a project by Artecnica that pairs leading designers with artisans in the developing world.
Their TransNeomatic bowls are produced in Vietman and combine traditional woven wicker techniques with used scooter tyres rescued from landfill sites.
The bowls - which were presented at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan last week - join products launched last year by Hella Jongerius and Tord Boontje in the Design With Conscience series.
Stephen Burks has also produced a table for the series, which is made by wire-workers in South Africa (coming soon on dezeen...).
Here is Artecnica's press release:
Artecnica is pleased to introduce the following collections by:
Campana Brothers, TransNeomatic container bowl collection
Hella Jongerius, Beads & Pieces ceramic collection
Tord Boontje, Ivy metal etched screen
Stephen Burks, TaTu coffee table and stool
TRANS is a Latin noun or prefix, meaning "across", "beyond" or "on the opposite side [of]"
PNEUMATIC: of or pertaining to air, gases, or wind. operated by air or by the pressure or exhaustion of air: a pneumatic drill, filled with or containing compressed air, as a tire.
TransNeomatic is a container bowl made of used (rescued from life-in-a-landfill) scooter tire and natural wicker. Before weaving begins the tire goes through a steam cleaning process removing all dirt and particles coated with a water-based non-toxic eco-friendly solution to seal and protect the tire from everyday usage.
The Campana Brothers strive to create non-polluting objects by reusing materials that would otherwise be trashed. In the TransNeomatic Container they pervert the original function of the object, the tire, and with applied handcraft work, reinvent function and aesthetic.
TransNeomatic exemplifies Fernando and Humberto Campana’s experimental clashes of materials and senses: nature versus plastic, cold versus warm, textured versus smooth surface, as the manufactured rubber meets hand-applied wicker.
Artecnica chose to produce TransNeomatic in Vietnam due to the country’s enormous amount of disposed tires from the populace’s ubiquitous scooters and the highly evolved culture of handcraft skills. Monsoon cycles, crop seasons, tire size: all played into the design production process, as did the local attitudes towards handcraft.
Artecnica stressed the value of this work, challenging the skilled artisans from a countryside village in Vietnam to apply and refine their traditional handcraft using the new exacting standard this design requires.
TransNeomatic joins the TranSglass collection, Come Rain Come Shine designed by Tord Boontje and the Beads & pieces collection by Hella Jongerius for Artecnica’s DESIGN WITH CONSCIENCE CAMPAIGN.
The mission of DESIGN WITH CONSCIENCE is to promote self-sustaining communities of talented artisans in underdeveloped countries by pairing them with talented designers of international fame.
The approximate measurements for the 2 sizes are:
Large – 22.25" diameter x 3" h, Small – 16.5" diameter x 4" h