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Fernando & Humberto Campana

Fernando & Humberto Campana
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Biography

The brothers Humberto (born in 1953) and Fernando Campana (born in 1961) are designers based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Their studio, Estudio Campana, works in partnership with local communities, factories, and industries to create pieces that celebrate the bright colours and rich textures of their native country. Adopting an environmental ethos, the brothers utilise everyday, found materials, reinventing them to achieve simple solutions that do not compromise on aesthetic or design.

 

Their avant-garde and yet playful approach is exemplified by pieces such as Dolphins Banquete, which features stuffed leather dolphins that seem to leap over the frame of the chair, or their cloud-like Bolotos sofa, which looks so fluffy that you could get lost in it.

 

The brothers gained international attention when they became the first Brazilian artists to exhibit their work at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York in 1998. They are the recipients of numerous awards, including the Ordre des Arts et Lettre from the Ministry of Culture in France and the Order of Cultural Merit in Brazil. Their designs are included in the permanent collections of renowned cultural institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. They have also been the subject of several exhibitions including one at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in 2008.

 

Not only focused on design, their studio works in interior design, architecture, and landscaping. The brothers have also collaborated with several prestigious brands, such as H. Stern to create a collection of Brazilian jewelry, with Louis Vuitton to create a cabinet, and in 2009 and in 2012 they were invited to reinterpret the traditional Lacoste polo shirt.

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Achievements

  • Group Show, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris
  • ‘Les Objets Nomades’, Louis Vuitton’s Foundation, Paris, France.
  • PAD Paris, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris, France.
  • ArtMonte-Carlo, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Monaco, France.
  • ‘Art Light’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London, UK.
  • ‘Cabinet Makers’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris, France.
  • Zona Maco, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Mexico City, Mexique.
  • Design Days Dubaï, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Dubaï, UAE.
  • ‘Manufactura’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris, France.
  • Design Miami / Basel, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Switzerland.
  • ’10 Years of Collectible Design’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London, UK.
  • Design Beijing, China.
  • Design Shanghai, Shanghai, China.
  • ‘From Art to Design’ Clerkenwell Design Week, London, UK.
  • ‘Humberto and Fernando Campana, Recent Works’ Re: View Gallery, London, UK.
  • ‘Antibodies’ Trapholt, Kolding, Denmark.
  • ‘Dangerous Luxury’, Le Sporting d’Hiver, Motercarlo, Monaco.
  • Design Days Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • Design Miami, USA.
  • Masterpiece, London, UK.
  • Pavilion of Art & Design Paris, Carpenters Workshop Gallery.
  • ‘Brazilian Barroque’, David Gill Galeries, London, UK.
  • ‘Concepts’ in partnership with Friedman Benda Gallery, New York, USA.
  • ‘Ocean Collection’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris, France.
  • ‘Barrocco Rococo’ Les Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France.
  • Design Miami, Basel.
  • Pavilion of Art & Design London, Carpenters Workshop Gallery.
  • ‘Sushi’ Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Brasilia, Brazil.
  • ‘Never Letting The Poetry Escape’ Tel Aviv Museum of Art (TAMA), Tel Aviv, Israel.
  • ‘Kunstoff’, Broelmuseum, Courtrai, Belgium.
  • ‘Milan in a Van’, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK.
  • ‘Le Botte-Cul’, Musee de Design et D’Arts Appliques Contemporains, Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • ‘Rede de Tensao’ (A Network of Tension), Paco das Artes, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil.
  • ‘On Paper, New Paper Art’, Crafts Council Gallery, London, UK.
  • ‘Inventividade’ (Inventiveness), Museu de Arte Contemporanea, Goiania, Brazil.
  • ‘Air en Forme’, Musee de Design et D’Arts Appliques Contemporains, Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • Design Biennial Festival, Saint-Etienne, France.
  • ‘Blow Up’, Vitra Design Museum, Berlin, Germany.
  • ‘Beyond European Design – Projects From Around The World’, Abitare il Tempo, Verona, Italy.
  • ‘Entre o Design e a Arte’ (Between Design and Art), Museu de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo
    (MASP), São Paulo, Brazil.1999
  • ‘Transcendencia, Caixas do Ser’ (Trancendency, Boxes of Being), Casa das Rosas, São Paulo,
    Brazil.
  • ‘Novos Alquimistas’ (New Alchemists), Espaco Itau Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil.
  • ‘Retrospectiva Campana’ (Campana Retrospect), Casa Franca Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Bazil.
  • ‘Materias/Materiais’ (Matter/Materials). Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, Salvador, Brazil.
  • ‘Numeros’ Museu Brasileiro de Escultura, São Paulo, Brazil.
  • ‘Materias/Materiais’. Museum de Arte Moderna de Bahia, Salvador, Brazil.
  • ‘Retrospectiva Campana’ Casa França Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • ‘Brasil faz Design’ (Brazil Designs), Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy; Museu da Casa Brasiliera, São Paulo,
    Brazil; Instituto dos Arquitetos da Brasil (IAB). Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Liceu de Artes e Oficios da Bahia, Salvador, Brazil.
  • ‘Edicao 93’ (Edition 93), Nucleon 8, São Paulo Brazil.
  • ‘Esculturas’ Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil.
  • ‘Organicos’ (The Organics), Nucleon 8, São Paulo, Brazil.
  • ‘Desconfortaveis’ (The Uncomfortable Ones). A Arquitetura da Luz, São Paulo, Brazil.
  • Order of the Arts and Letters, Paris, France.
  • Designer of the Year, Maison & Objet, Paris, France.
  • Prix Colbert Creation & Patrimoine, Paris, France.
  • Special Prize at the Museu da Casa Brasileira, São Paulo, Brazil.
  • Designer of the Year, Design Miami, USA.
  • George Nelson Design Interior Awards, Interiors Magazine, USA.
  • Home Furniture Category Award – 2nd Place (Labirinto Bookcase), Museu da Casa Brasiliera,
    São Paulo, Brazil.
  • Award – 1st Place (Inflavel Table). Associacao Basiliera da Industria
    Moveleira (ABIMOVEL), São Paulo, Brazil.
  • Design Category Award – 1st Place (Papel Chair). XXI Salao de Arte de Ribeirao Preto, Brazil.
  • Acquisition Award (Cerca Screen), Museu de Arte Brasiliera, Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado, São Paulo, Brazil.
  • Adam Lindemann, “Collecting Design”, Taschen.
  • Marcus Fairs, “Green Design”, London: Carlton Books Limited.
  • Sophie Lovell, “Furnish: Furniture and Interior Design for the 21st Century”, Die Gestalten Verlag
  • Charlotte Fiell and Peter Fiell, “1000 Lights: 1960 to Present”, Taschen.
  • Museum de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo (MASP), Sao Paulo.
  • Centro Cultural Banco do Brazil, Rio de Janeiro.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Goiania. Museum of Moder Art, Sao Paulo.
  • Museu Brasileiro de Escultura, Sao Paulo.
  • Instituto do Arquitetos do Brazil, Rio de Janeiro.
  • Pinacoteca do Estado do Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo.
  • Casa Franca Brazil, Rio de Janeiro.
  • Oaxaca Design Center, Mexico City.
  • Museu Vale, Vila Velha.
  • Montreal Fine Art Museum, Montreal.
  • Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts, Montreal.
  • Danish Design Centre, Copenhagen.
  • Design Museum, London.
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
  • Manchester Museum, Oxford.
  • Centre George Pompidou, Paris.
  • Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris.
  • Vitra Design Museum, Weil Am Rhein.
  • Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich.
  • Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Dusseldorf.
  • Museum of Art, Tel Aviv.
  • The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.
  • Jacqueline Vodoz and Bruno Danese Association, Milan.
  • Palazzo Reale, Milan.
  • Design Museum, Milan.
  • Crystal Palace, Milan.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.
  • Centro Cultural Belem, Lisbon.
  • Museum de Arte Mordernica, Bahia.
  • Liceu de Artes e Oficios da Bahia, Bahia.
  • Fundacion Pedro Barrie de la Maza, Coruna.
  • Don Edelman Foundation, Switzerland.
  • Museum of Design, Lausanne.
  • Latin America Design Foundation, Amsterdam.
  • High Museum of Art, Atlanta.
  • Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas.
  • Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles.
  • Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New-York.
  • National Design Museum, New-York.
  • Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, New-York.
  • The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia.
  • Museum of Fine Art, Houston.
  • Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh.
  • Museum of Art, Tulsa.
  • Art Museum, Palm Springs.
  • The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

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