Piaçava and Pirarucu by Alpi

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Designer Collection by The Campana Brothers

Inspired by the amazing wonders of the Amazon, the Campana brothers have created a new dynamically textural collection of wooden wall tiles. 

Part of the Designer Collection for Alpi, the Campana brother’s series included two patterns. First, is Piaçava, named for a local coconut palm native to the Amazon that reaches up to 15 metres in height. The pattern features a defining filament-like texture that is based on the plant’s particularly strong fibres, which are often used to build the roofs of huts.

The second pattern, Pirarucu, represents the particular formation of scales found on the world’s largest freshwater fish species of the same name, also typical of the Amazon River. In the Tupi language, the name means “fish (pirá) red (acrucu)” and refers to the unique colouring of the scales, which transition from silver to reddish towards the tail. Belonging to the osteoglossomorph (bone-tongued) family, dating back to over 100 million years ago, these fish are seen as living fossils and their scales are used by local craftsmen. alpiwood.com