DesignMiami/. Sao Paulo design gallery Firma Casa debuts at DesignMiami/ with Cangaço, a collection of furniture in leather and wicker designed by Humberto and Fernando Campana. The series takes inspiration by the fashion and style of the Cangaço movement, an army of peasant-bandits who reacted to the power of landowners at the end of the 19th century.
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The collection is exclusively designed for Firma Casa and comprises a chair, an armchair, a bookshelf, a cabinet and a mirror. The Campana Brother teamed with 73 years old master craftsman Espedito Seleiro who comes from a traditional family of saddlers and cowboys that have been crafting leather for generations.
“Two different rural or backland regions from the same country have come together” says Humberto Campana to ArchiPanic. “We have always made a point of showing where we come from. Our design tells a story. That goes for Espedito’s creations too. That’s why the fusion was so interesting” Adds Fernando.
“The Cangaço collection was born from research carried out by the Campana Brothers in communities in the Northeast if Brazil. There workshops run by families or groups of craftspeople continue to create traditional products using manual methods” says Sonia Dimiz, founder of Firma Casa.
Driven by roving bands of peasants-turned-bandits in the arid backlands of the Northeast of Brazil, the Cangaço movement arose in the late 19th century as a reaction against the wealthy landowners. The cangaceiros were also known for their peculiar clothing – wide-brimmed hats, side bags, boots, belts, vests – made of decorated leather.
Through Artesol, an institution that maps traditional handicraft, the artists entered into a partnership with Espedito Seleiro whose father produced the clothes of Cangaço heroes Lampião and Maria Bonita. Nowadays, Espedito transmits his knowledge to his sons keeping alive the art of leather.
Once the metal, wicker and wood main structures were complete, the pieces were then sent to Espedito’s workshop in, Nova Olinda, Ceará. Here the craftsman manually covered them with colorful leather, lacelike cutouts and outlines.