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Palazzo Valli Bruni
6-10 ottobre 2021

Sara De Campos

Sara de Campos established her studio for industrial design after graduation with a Master defree in Product Design at ECAL - Switzerland (2015-2017). Before she studied at University of Fine Arts of Lisbon, Portugal, here she received her BA in Product Design and in Photography at Ar. Co, Lisbon. In 2018 she won the Grand Prix Design Parade Villa Noailles conferred by Philippe Malouin and Erwan Bouroullec as jury among others, and in the same year she received a special mention by Braun, both for the “Uva” project. Sara de Campos worked on commissioned projects for Manufacture de Sèvres, Cirva, Sammode, Ecal x Vitra and others. Her work has recently been exhibited at: Château Borély in Marseille (2021), Vitra Campus “Workbays Village” (2019), Villa Noaillws Design Parade (2019), “Braun Prize” headquarters in Braun (2018).

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In Portugal, north of Lisbon region's is a place known for weaving techniques developed during the 20 th century with its apogee in 50's decade.  All the efforts were placed to produce a particular product- a wool blanket with a particular folklore rooted pattern, made in manual looms, to be use at cold houses of that time.  With the increasing usage of other synthetic materials and houses better acclimatized, their production declined till all looms where abandoned.  However, some years ago, an effort is being made to recover this practice.  It is an important asset for the region, but this knowledge has some risks of being lost - a purpose no longer searched.  In an attempt to give a new life to this important good, using their know-how I designed a pattern that could easily be used in any domestic context to produce a rug made of 100% wool.  Made completely by hand, it has several properties hardly achieved by automatized production.  The material is natural and the cycle of production sustainable, completely integrated in the region and creating a circuit for multiple agents, the wool is Portuguese and dyed locally.

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