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The Campana Brothers, Fernando (b. 1961) and Humberto (b. 1953), are, undoubtfully, prodigies of contemporary design. They were born in Brotas and started working together in 1983 in São Paulo, Brazil, where they still live and work at Studio Campana.

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Despite being two of the best designers in the world, their lives weren’t always in that path. Humberto studied to be a lawyer but decided that his true passion was sculpting. Fernando decided to study architecture, but soon wanted to work with his brother and create innovative and groundbreaking furniture design.

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“Estrela” steel garden armchair by Fernando and Humberto Campana ©Estudio Campana

The world started to notice their true talent in 1991 when they developed the “Favela Chair”, made from scraps found in a São Paulo shanty town. From there, they brought to life “Vermelha Chair”, “Cone Chair” and “Estrela Lamp”. The media started to cover them in 1998, when they became the first Brazilian artists to showcase their work at the renowned Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, along with the German lightning design Ingo Maurer, in an exhibition called “Project 66”, curated by Paola Antonelli.

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“Favela Chair” (1991) by Fernando and Humberto Campana is a small armchair without any interior structure, it is made from many pieces of natural wood similar to those with which the shacks of the favelas or shanty towns are built in Brazil, glued and nailed together by hand one over the other. ©owo

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“Cone Chair” by Fernando and Humberto Campana was probably inspired by the cone chair from George Nelson because the shape is quite similar, but they gave it a modern twist. Its made of a grey lacquered metal tubular frame, and it has a transparent plexiglass seat. ©Mass Modern Design

In that year they also started a partnership with the Italian brand Edra. Every year, the brothers launch new works of art and concepts in collaboration with international brands such as Alessi, Artecnica, Bernardaud, Baccarat, Corsi Design, Consentino, Nodus, Magis, Moleskine, Skitch, Plus Design, Venini, and Trousseau, among many others.

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“Panda Banquete Chair” (2002) by Fernando and Humberto Campana is made with stuffed toys. ©DMA Canvas

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“The Armchair of Thousand Eyes” (2015) by Fernando and Humberto Campana made for Fendi with toys. ©Pursuitist

In 2002, Studio Campana began to craft its own line of exclusive, limited edition and unique handmade designs. These special editions are represented by the best international art galleries including Friedman Benda in New York, Galleria O in Rome, Carpenters Workshop Gallery in London, Firma Casa in Sao Paulo, David Gill in London and Kreo in Paris, among others.

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“Edward Scissorhands” Black Side Table (2014) by Fernando and Humberto Campana, made with burnished bronze and portoro. marble ©David Gill

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Centerpiece “Nazareth” (2009) by Fernando and Humberto Campana, made with golden bronze for Bernardaud. ©Estudio Campana

The outstanding “Vermelha Chair” is still their best seller. At the Design Museum in London, the history of their work was told and nowadays their art pieces are frequently exhibited at acclaimed museums all over the world.

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“Vermelha Chair” (1998) by Fernando and Humberto Campana and manufactured by EDRA for Salone de Mobile. Its material is bent epoxy-coated steel, hand woven dyed cotton rope, aluminum. ©Cooper Hewitt

These two incredible artists are always able to surprise us. Now, we are left to imagine: what will come next from their unbelievably skilled hands?

 

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