Camper Together is a model of collaboration between Camper and leading designers to create exclusive products and outstanding stores. Together responds to a new international reality that requires the capacity to integrate through design, different cultures and creative know-how into a single project together with and organization capable of communicating and distributing unique initiatives to a select global marketplace.
Fernando and Humberto have been working together since 1983. They are the most recognized Brazilian designers in the world of contemporary design. Fernando is an architect and Humberto studied law, although he has the soul of a sculptor.
They have earned their fame through the discovery of beauty in the most humble materials, poor materials that acquire a new dimension after passing through their hands.
Their work always incorporates the concept of transformation or reinvention. Their preference for more common materials not only does transmit creativity to their designs, it also provides them with certain Brazilian characterístics, like colours, the combinations, the creative chaos and, above all, the virtues of simple solutions which they share with the Camper ideology.
He is one of the most charismatic designers of this new century. He was born in Argentina and studied to be a designer in Zurich where he lives and works for the most important Scandinavian and European companies. Skillful and intelligent, he has known how to distil in his work the genius of Achille Castiglioni and the humour of Bruno Munari, two of his great references. There are few designers that are capable, as he is, of representing an idea with a simple drawing. And fewer still who include in their portfolio everything from a wine glass to a car. Häberli has designed the most diverse things and yet, until now, had not accomplished one of his dreams: to design a shoe. Humour, ingenuity and a unique style are his main characteristics. This is clearly visible in the Camper stores he has developed in Barcellona, Paris, Rome, Valencia and Naples. In addition to all this he has added an extra touch of class and elegance to his shoes.
Jaime is the youngest Spanish artist and designer of the moment with the greatest international reach. he studied industrial design in Madrid and Paris before getting to Fabrica in 1997, the center for communication research of the Benetton group in Treviso (Italy), directed then by Oliviero Toscani.
He was ther until 2004, when he decided to pursue his own personal career. He moved to Barcelona and got started on the design of a variety of things from toys to furniture for Spanish companies like ArtQuitect, Metalarte and Bd Barcelona design, alongside with other collaborations with manufacturers like Lladró, Bosa, Piper, Bisazza or Swarosvski.
In today's international design scene, Konstantin is one of designers who for sure will make history. In fact, his chair One, a large bench version of which can be found in the new Camper store, already forms a part of this history. Grcic started his career in 1991 after graduating from the Royal College of Arts in London, choosing his hometown as a base for operations. From there, removed from the noise of design capitals, he discretely began developing a career that would with time become a huge boom. He received the Compasso d'Oro Award in 2001 for the design of his Mayday lamp produced by Flos, and in 2002 he was Guest of Honour at the Biennial interieur of Kortrijk (Belgium).
Maria is an 'artist of forms': with her unique style, she moves between architecture, design and fashion. She graduated in 1968 in textile design from Gerrit Rietveld Academy, and came to fame in the 80's for her work with re-used bicycle tyre tubes.
Her technical, almost mathematical, knowledge of surfaces in revolution, result of a great spirit of observation, allows her to transform these inner tubes into beautiful hats and pieces of clothing, very often commissioned by choreographers and people in the theatre and dance world.
They are sculptures in movement that amaze us by their simplicity and plasticity.
Bernhard was born in Germany. He studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and collaborated in the studios of Walter van Beirendock, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood and Dirk Bikkembergs, before setting up, together with Jutta Kraus in Paris, where he presented his first collection in 1999.
He projected his third collection on video which was a manifestation of his will to work according to his own rules and not form part of the system that reigns over the world of fashion.
He has an artistic manner which he expresses with pride – his is the image on the latest Björk CD. He is brilliant and provocative, shameless and fun, eclectic and unpredictable.
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have worked together since 1999. They were born in Quimper, a town in Brittany, France – Ronan in 1971 and Erwan in 1976. The former studied at the École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs of Paris, while the latter received his education at the École Nationale d’Arts of Cergy.
They have pursued their career with unusual discretion – it almost seems that they actually wished to pass unnoticed – and yet many consider that their work has begun to define a new era.
The Bouroullec brothers are – if Philippe Starck will forgive the effrontery – the most prominent and prestigious French designers in the internacional arena. Their claim to fame is the ease with which they come up with innovative ideas, and their style always finds elegance in sobriety.
Studied architecture in Florence. He was a member of Alchymia and Memphis, the two Italian movements which lead the wave of experimental design in the 1980s. From 1992 to 2002, he held the post of Director of Design at Olivetti. He has also worked for companies such as Compaq and Philips. De Lucchi is the inventor of the Tolomeo table lamp, undoubtedly one of the most successful designs of the past decade.
As an architect, he has worked in Japan, Germany and Italy He is a lecturer at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura in Venice and at the Facoltà del Design of the Politecnico di Milano. Michele has a particular love of working with his hands. His most personal work is developed through Produzione Privata, a small business he founded in 1990 that is dedicated to creating products using artisan techniques.
He is one of the most interesting Japanese designers on the international scene. He was honoured to work with Shiro Kuramata in 1987 and has worked with Issey Miyake since 1988 – two great teachers who have had a significant influence on his work. In 2000 he opened his own studio, Tokujin Yoshioka Design, where he has done projects for companies such as Hermès, Toyota and Swarovski.
He first attracted international attention with his paper chair Honey-pop, an iconic piece which has found its way into the halls of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum and the Vitra Design Museum.
Benedetta founded the studio EMBT with Enric Miralles, who was also her life partner and one of Spain’s most fascinating contemporary architects. As a team, they created extraordinary designs such as the Mercat de Santa Caterina in Barcelona or the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh. After Miralles’ premature death in 2000, Benedetta took the helm of the studio with the intention of finishing the projects then under construction and of continuing to create the surprising and highly personal architecture which had brought them universal fame. Her most recent commissions include the Spanish Pavilion for Expo 2010 Shanghai, the public spaces of the Hafencity port district in Hamburg, and an underground station for the city of Naples. The shop that she has designed for Camper in Seville is also a product of this new solo phase in her career, and it claims the distinction of being EMBT’s first commercial interior design project.
Veronique studied at the prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium. Her first Collection was presented in a Paris gallery in 1997. Later, her creations appeared at the Florence Fashion Biennial, the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and in influencing venues such as the Parisian boutique Colette.
In 2008, the Fashion Museum of Antwerp (MoMu) organised an exhibition featuring the creations of her first ten years of activity, entitles Moi, Veronique Branquinho TOuTe NUe. Her fashion designs reflect her personality –feminine and almost never loud. A name turned trademark, the Branquinho label has become renowned for its contemporary lines with tradicional finishing touches and close attentivenees to even the smallest details.
Hella Jongerius is specialised in product, furniture and textile design. What characterizes her work is her being attuned to the Zeitgeist on many levels. With a keen eye for beauty, colours, surfaces and detailing, she knows how to translate contemporary taste into products in which the past is not ignored. This mentality goes very well with the philosophy of Camper, which, according to Jongerius, has created some magnificent designs over the years, shoes that have proven themselves in many ways. Classics. Some of the shoes have become so well known and familiar they might even be called archetypal shoes. Those were the shoes she decided to work on. Consistent with her usual way of working Jongerius did not want to start from scratch, with an empty sketchbook, but continue a process, much in the way scientists do. With the fresh look of the outsider Jongerius dived into the concepts hiding underneath their skins, and analysed their character and attractiveness.
Romain Kremer (Villefranche de Rouergue, 1982), a native of France, was trained at the Duperré Art School and worked for Christian Dior Monsieur. In 2005 he won the Special Award for Creativity at the International Fashion and Photography Festival of Hyères. One year later, he presented his first independent collection. He was just 21 years old at that time.
Kremer is an up-and-coming designer who hasn’t yet appeared in books but whose name echoes resoundingly on the catwalk and fashion circles. He has attracted attention with his provocative and bold forward-looking mises-en-scène, with designs for men that seem to come from another galaxy. His colourful, futuristic look sets him apart from the rest and is also reflected in the shoes he has designed for Camper.
Jasper Morrison (London, 1959) has been a press regular since designing the Thinking Man’s Chair for Capellini in 1988. Success came soon after he opened his studio in the British capital after passing through art schools in London and Berlin.
Without getting carried away by fame, he succeeded in maintaining a simple and functional approach to designing, seeking out the essential in everything he designed, and recently finding in the term “Super Normal”* a summary of his life's efforts. He currently lives between Paris and Tokyo, where he works as a consultant for Muji together with Konstantin Grcic and Naoto Fukasawa, two fellow designers with much in common. Jasper's search for everyday beauty drew him to Camper where he was introduced to the brand's history and found in the story of their first shoe, the Camaleon, the inspiration for his first collaboration with the Spanish Brand.