Humberto and Fernando Campana's 'Favela Chair' takes inspiration from the bootstrap industriousness of the neighborhoods to which the furnishing owes its name. Constructed out of small strips of low-cost pine that are mish-mashed together seemingly at random, the chair was designed near a favela in the Campana brothers' studio in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
In favelas, inhabitants build their homes from whatever resources they can scavenge -- rather than purchase. When building the first iteration of the chair, the Campanas took that methodology to heart and constructed their design using scraps of timber that had fallen off of the fruit stands near their studio.
Though the Favela Chair is for sitting, its scattered backing and seat bottom urge sitters to squirm and move, ultimately compelling them to get up and explore in the same way that favela dwellers do.
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