Campana Brothers (Humberto Campana, born 1953, and Fernando Campana, born 1961) are Brazilian designers. The brothers grew up in Brotas, a small rural town 160 miles northwest of São Paulo. Although both brothers had early aesthetic inclinations, mainly inspired by their exposure to magazine photographs of Oscar Niemeyer’s buildings in Brasilia, they ended up pursuing safer college degrees (Fernando graduated in Architecture, and Humberto in Law). read more
Soon after graduation, Humberto started some design projects, mainly for his friends, and established his own studio in São Paulo. Not long after this, Fernando joined him and enrolled in an internship at the 1983 Bienal de São Paulo. From this time onward, Fernando and Humberto began their creative design and manufacturing partnership and started to make furniture, objects, and installations out of ordinary materials, including scrap and waste products, such as cardboard, rope, cloth, wood, plastic tubes, and aluminum wire. Their first project to get noticed was the 1989 collection Desconfortáveis (Uncomfortables), in which each of the chairs they designed and produced was a seating piece with its own distinct and surprising personality.
Although their furniture, objects, and installations have identifiable Latin American roots, their work has wide international acceptance beyond Latin America, and it is represented in major international design collections, such as those of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and the Design Museum in London.
Last updated: February 22, 2019
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