Introduction

The Campana Brothers (Humberto Campana and Fernando Campana) are Brazilian designers.
In 1983, the two brothers teamed up to make furniture made of ordinary materials including scrap and waste products such as cardboard, rope, cloth and wood scraps, plastic tubes and aluminium wire. From 1997, some of their products including the Vermelha chair began to be produced and sold in Italy.
In 1998 the Campana Brothers became the first Brazilian artists to exhibit their work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, along with German lighting designer Ingo Maurer. The Campana Brothers are represented by Friedman Benda in New York, Carpenters Workshop Gallery in London and Paris, as well as Galleria O in Rome.

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Biography

The Campana Brothers, Fernando and Humberto  were born in Brotas, a city outside of São Paulo. Together, in 1983, they founded the Estudio Campana.

In 1998, “Project 66” was their first international show with Ino Maurer, curated by Paola Antonelli of New York MoMa.   Also in 1998, they established their first design partnership with Edra in Italy.   Each year, the brothers launch new products and concepts in collaboration with international brands such as Alessi, Artecnica, Bernardaud, Baccarat, Corsi Design, Consentino, Edra, Nodus, Magis, Moleskine, Skitch, Plus Design, Venini, and Trousseau, among others.

In 2002, the Estudio Campana started crafting its own line of limited editions and unique pieces handmade at the studio in Sao Paulo. These special editions are represented by international galleries including Friedman Benda in New York, Galleria O in Rome, Carpenters Workshop Gallery in London, Firma Casa in Sao Paulo and Kreo in Paris.
Campana pieces are included in the permanent collections of the MoMa in New York; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris Musée Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris the Vitra Design Museum,  Weil am Rhein and the Museum of Modern Art, Sao Paulo.

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Background & Realizations: the projects

Concepts by the Campana Brothers at Friedman Benda

New work by the Campana Brothers including a cabinet made from the skin of the world’s largest freshwater fish is on show at gallery Friedman Benda in New York

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The exhibition features several new series, including Boca – a range of pieces upholstered in a patchwork of roughly stitched cowhide.

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The exhibition features several new series, including Boca – a range of pieces upholstered in a patchwork of roughly stitched cowhide.

 

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The Pirarucu cabinet is made from the leathery skin of the eponymous fish, which is sustainably harvested in Brazil. TOP-Interior-Designers-Campana-Brothers-6  TOP Interior Designers | Campana Brothers TOP Interior Designers Campana Brothers 6

Racket is a collection of chairs and screens made from bent brass rods with nylon threads used for the seat and back, which also features sections taken from the backs of old Thonet chairs.

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The Fitas series consists of a buffet, cabinet and table featuring surfaces filled in with spiralling strips of bent steel.

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A new sofa and chair covered in stuffed alligators is made by Orientavida, an NGO that teaches underprivileged women embroidery skills.

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The Detonado chair is made from stainless steel with a wicker patchwork covering the arms, back and seat.

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Amethyst rocks sourced from the brothers’ home city of Sao Paulo are fixed to glass surfaces in the Ametista collection.

 

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Campana Brothers bring “Nature Indoors” with bristly installation

Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana have created an indoor “forest” of flax and wood at the Bildmuseet in Umeå – their first project in Sweden

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The Campana brothers site-specific Woods installation inside the Swedish contemporary arts museum comprises thick angled strands of textured materials sourced from the local countryside.

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“We found the inspiration in nature,” said Humberto Campana in a statement. “The message we wanted to generate was bringing nature indoors. The forest taking its place back and turning tables.”

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Strips of wood and flax are shaped into shaggy forms that reach up to the ceiling. Visitors to the museum can walk around and in between the vertical elements.

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The São Paulo duo, best known for creating unusual furniture pieces from everyday objects and materials, gathered the lengths into bunches and attached them to strings so they hang downward.

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The bristly tree-like elements become thinner as they reach the ceiling and are angled to pass across each other.

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Some sections stem from others like tree branches, creating more complex structures that tower above visitors walking through the space.

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“He had the capacity to understand design,” said Humberto Campana. “Design is not just about functionality: it’s about concepts, getting a reaction, not following trends, following your own heart. That’s something that I learned from him.”

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Earlier this year, architect David Chipperfield revealed another indoor forest installation at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin – its last exhibition before a major renovation project.

 

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The most iconic projects

 

Firma Casa by the Campana Brothers and SuperLimão Studio

Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana and architects SuperLimão Studio have covered the facade of a São Paulo furniture showroom with thousands of plant-filled vases. The faceted aluminium containers hang from a mounted wire grid on the exterior of the two-storey Firma Casa store.

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Folding metal doors leading into the ground floor showroom open wide enough for large furniture to fit through. Concrete covers the floor of this gallery and store, while air conditioning ducts and lighting rails remain exposed on the ceiling.

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Staff offices are located upstairs on the first floor. The Campana brothers also recently completed their first hotel interior – see that story here and see more of their projects here.

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The Firma Casa project started to be developed in November 2008, when Sonia Diniz Bernardini, owner of Firma Casa, decided to renew her store, established in 1994. She invited the Studio Campana to make the project and they decided together to invite SuperLimão Studio, a young architecture and design studio, to make the project and develop a lot of ideas.

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The project consists in a two floor building with 500 square meters divided in a gallery, a retail store and, in the second floor, the offices. All of the steel structure, air conditioning ducts, and a grid of electric rails are showed in the ceiling.

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The beams can be used with industrial magnets to hang pieces, and pallets shelving can support different pieces with different dimensions. SuperLimão Studio looked to flexibility to develop the project with could be used for a lot of different exhibitions.

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A three pieces front door allows entering pieces of big dimension into the gallery and the whole concrete floor can support heavy weight objects, sculptures, etc. In the outdoor area the Elastopave® was used to give the floor the capacity to drain rainwater.

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To cover the whole façade, Fernando and Humberto Campana suggested a green wall with Espada-de-São-Jorge (Sansevieria Trifasciata), a plant with African origin and very diffused in Brazilian popular culture because of it’s protective superstition power. In front of this challenge SuperLimão Studio developed a bent aluminum vase, with an origami form to support the plants. There are 3500 vases with 9000 seedlings of Espada-de-São-Jorge.

 

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