project developed at ESDI [the design institute of Rio de Janeiro State University]


Prof. Freddy van Camp


Bianca Melo & Diego Costa




Still images


Fraterno is a project of a crib developed for the Brazilian 6th edition of Alcoa Design Contest (aluminum innovation). The crib is basically divided into two parts: the first one is made of aluminum rims, beams and legs, which forms the collapsible structural base; the second part consists of an anti-allergic polyester fabric that complements the base and is the portion that holds the baby, who lies on a small mattress covered with cotton and polyester.

The formal solution provided by Fraterno is aimed to benefit children from birthdate up to 8 months. Since it is crafted in aluminum, the structural base of the crib can be fully recycled.


Early childhood is a crucial stage in human development, when the child should experience pleasant sensations in order to have a healthy growing. In that stage, the crib represents the child’s universe. It emerges as a place of tranquility and protection, besides providing a better quality of sleep and, consequently, of life for both the baby and the parents.


The project proposal is to offer the crib as a service provided by the local health system for low-income population. In general, families with low earning power cannot raise their children in a desireable manner, that is, offering them comfort, safety and a proper rest.

Aiming to meet these needs, the designed crib would be borrowed for a certain period of time to a family, supporting the initial development of the child. Subsequently, the product would be returned to the original health unit, so that it could benefit other families.