Camper Together. Curro Claret & Arrels Fundació
Published on June 24, 2015
This Camper shop in Barcelona (in Triangle shopping mall in Catalunya square) it has been done by a group of six “ex homeless” people (José, Nicolai, Miguel, Valerio, Aurelio and Jose) from Arrels Fundació, institution that helps homeless people. Before that job, they already did some work together with “la pieza” project, making some furniture reusing found pieces of wood collected from the street.
The shop has been a further step, a great opportunity, involving all of them not just in the construction of the interior, but also in participating and taking certain decisions in the design itself.
To make it done, they have been reusing most of the materials employed, some of them from the previous shop, and others like found wood from the street or old shoestrings, posters and leather from Camper stocks out of use. To show and explain the process of the project, Miguel Fuster (one of the members of the team, 15 years living in the street) did some drawings printed on wood (also found in the street) and they are hanged in the entrance of the shop. The place has been opened at the beginning of September 2012.
Camper Together is their commitment to make each Camper store unique, with its own personality. This is the tale of a very special Camper Together store in the heart of Barcelona. Located at Triangle Shopping Centre (Calle Pelai 13-37), the store was designed by Curro Claret in collaboration with an organisation Fundacio Arrels that works to help people who have been forced to live on the street and are at risk of social exclusion.
This special project was established to explore ways of giving disadvantaged people new opportunities to feel useful and creatively alive.
Virtually all of the elements used to design the store were recycled: pieces of wood collected on the street for making the table legs, old Camper signs for covering and repainting the walls and laces from discontinued shoe models for fashioning the curtain or the lampshades.
The sketch artist Miguel Fuster (who has lived on the street for 15 years) illustrated this project with drawings made on pieces of scrap wood, which have been preserved as a testament to the concept at the entrance of the shop.