Acre, Made in Amazonia project is a State Government initiative, through the Secretariat of Development, Industry, Trade and Sustainable Services (Sedens) and Instituto Dom Moacyr (IDM), in partnership with the Sebrae, Fieac System and POLI.design, Consorzio del Politecnico di Milano, with the support and collaboration of the first lady, the architect Marlúcia Candida.
The project takes advantage of the wealth and biodiversity of natural resources of the Amazon forest in an environmentally, economically and socially responsible way, developing a new independent industrial pole for furniture, starting from the creation of contemporary furniture inspired by the identity of the local culture and signed by internationally renowned designers.
Acre, Made in Amazonia introduces new wood of the Acre region certified by Community FSC, an exclusive modality for forest products managed by small farmers or communities.
The direction of the projectual workshop was conducted by designers Emmanuel Gallina and Bernardo Senna, coordinated by Elisângela Rocha (IDM / sedens) and POLI.design, Arturo Dell’Acqua Bellavitis, Giuliano Simonelli, Eugenia Chiara, Valentina Auricchio and Roberto Galisai, beyond contribution of renowned researchers in Brazil, as Zoy Anastassakis. These professionals were in front of a class of 35 students, between 18 and 60 years old, formed by architects, carpenters, children of woodworkers and local artists, who participated in the idealization of the furniture and in the communication of the project through design workshops.
The result: five lines of contemporary design furniture – Palafita, Jatobá, Empate, Yuxin and Estrela – made with local woods: cedar, cherry, cumarú-ferro, itaúba, jatoba and tauari. Tables, benches, buffets and chairs will be commercialized in furniture stores throughout Brazil, spreading the identity of Acre in a contemporary garment that reflects the local culture, develops the industry and local communities, promotes biodiversity of the Amazon forest and bets in monitored logging.