Ground-breaking ideas are paired with astonishing and unusual materials in Campana Brothers’ works, and as the result, the Brazilian artists create true icons of contemporary design. Breaking all the rules, The Campana brothers keep changing the concepts of design and art, and today’s article will guide you through some of their most emblematic creations and evolution!
Fernando and Humberto Campana were able to put Brazil on the design map, as soon as they emerged on the scene, around three and a half decades ago. Irreverence is certainly a watchword for The Campana Brothers.
The Favela Chair is definitely one of their most iconic pieces, which gave them international notoriety, back in the 1990s. This exclusive piece is inspired by the creative citizens of local favelas – shantytowns, who construct their homes from whatever materials they could found.
The Vermelha chair, composed of more than 500 yards of rope, is also an icon, produced by the Italian company EDRA and found in museum exhibitions all around the world.
Estudio Campana was founded in 2009, an NGO that strives to involve local communities in social and pedagogical projects using design as a transformational tool.
Fernando and Humberto Campana didn’t have a close relationship with modern design while growing up. After finishing their graduations, in architecture (Fernando), and law (Humberto), they started crafting furniture as a hobby, using everyday materials.
The Campanas Brothers put Brazil and South America on the map in terms of a global design statement. They created an iconography that traveled around the world before Instagram. They instinctively understood this smart way of communicating across the board. It’s been a successive series of pieces, of bodies of work, each time adding layers to the language they were creatingJennifer Olshin, partner at New York gallery Friedman Benda
The Campana Brothers hold partnerships with European makers until today, most recently they have produced numbered collections for the family-owned artisanal Italian metalcraft company GHIDINI 1961. Each piece is unparalleled and has an artisanal uniqueness, as they are crafted individually in the Campana Brothers’ own studio.
In the middle of the pandemic, the Campana Brothers established a foundation to create an outdoor cultural center in their hometown of Brotas, near São Paulo.
I think our most significant contribution has been trailblazing new paths for the next generations of designers and showing them the power of resourcefulness by using simple materials and handcraftsmanship to create a unique design language.Fernando Campana