Since 1983, the brothers Fernando (born 1961) and Humberto (born 1953) Campana have been solidly building their career, achieving both national and international recognition. Their work incorporates the idea of transformation and reinvention. Giving preciousness to poor, day-to-day or common materials carries not only the creativity in their design but also very Brazilian characteristics – the colors, the mixtures, the creative chaos, the triumph of simple solutions. Based in Sao Paulo, Estudio Campana is constantly investigating new possibilities in furniture making. It creates bridges and dialogues where the exchange of information is also a source of inspiration. Working in partnership with communities, factories and industries keeps the Estudio Campana repertoire fresh.

In 1998, “Project 66” was their first international show with Ingo Maurer, curated by Paola Antonelli, at the New York MoMa. The idea of the exhibition was to join two designers of very distinct backgrounds that shared the same poetics. With the Vermelha Chair, also in 1998, they sealed their first partnership with Edra in Italy. From that point, each year new products and concepts are launched in collaboration with both international industries – Alessi, Artecnica, Bernardaud, Baccarat, Corsi Design, Consentino, Edra, Nodus, Magis, Moleskine, Skitch, Plus Design, Venini among others – and domestic companies such as Trousseau. 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.

Interior design, architecture and landscaping have become an increasingly important part of the Estudio Campana portfolio. Camper together with Campana (Berlin 2006, New York 2009, Sao Paulo 2013), Café Campana at the Musée d’Orsay (Paris 2011), Café at the Sao Paulo Opera House (2011), New Hotel (Athens 2011), Suites Campana at Hotel Lutetia (Paris 2012), the Sarah Chofakian Store (Sao Paulo 2012), the Scenography of the Summer edition 2013-2014 of Sao Paulo Fashion Week (2013), the lobby and auditorium at Stedelijk Museum ('s-Hertogenbosch 2013) and Iniala Beach House (Phuket 2013) are among the recent interior and architecture commissions. Highlights of their landscaping projects are the My Home exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein (2007), Campanas in the Garden at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London (2007), the gardens of the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency in Sao Paulo (2008), La Gloriette for Veuve Clicquot at Milan Furniture Fair (2010), the Firma Casa Showroom and Gallery facade in Sao Paulo (2011), the Brachina installation at Beijing Design Week (Sept 2012), and the Bamboo Cathedral at Hotel Fazenda Catucaba in Sao Luiz do Paraitinga in Brazil (scheduled to open mid 2013). In fashion, the Campanas signed the “Campana Collection” of the Brazilian jewelry brand H. Stern (2001). They collaborated with Grendene to create shoes and bags under the Melissa label, and in 2009 and again in 2012 they reinterpreted the traditional LACOSTE polo shirt. They also created a travel cabinet for the Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades series in 2012.

Artistic partnerships include the creation of the sets and costumes for the Marseille National Ballet “Metamorphose” show (2007) and the scenography of the “Peter and the Wolf” musical, presented at the Guggenheim Museum in New York (2008).

The Estudio Campana’s surprising perception of what is considered “ordinary” and “trivial” has been the basis of several exhibitions. Humberto and Fernando were the curators of the “Jardim de Infância” (Kindergarten) exhibition, at the Sao Paulo Museum of Modern Art (2009) and the “Campana Brothers select: works from permanent collection” at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York (2008).

Campana pieces are part of the permanent collections of renowned cultural institutions such as the MoMa in New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, the Museum of Modern Art in Sao Paulo and also the Musée Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

The brothers were honored with the Designer of the Year award in 2008 by Design Miami and the Designers of the Year Maison & Objet award in 2012. That same year they were selected for the Comité Colbert Prize in Paris, honored at Beijing Design Week, and received the Order of Cultural Merit in Brasilia. In May 2013, they will be awarded the Order of Arts and Letters in Paris.

Solo Exhibitions
1989 ‘Desconfortáveis’. A Arquitetura da Luz, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
1990 ‘Orgânicos’. Nucleon 8, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
1991 ‘Esculturas’. Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, Brazil.
1993 ‘Edição 93’. Nucleon 8, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
1996 ‘O Brasil faz Design’. Palazzo Reale, Milan Italy. Museu da Casa Brasileira, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Instituto dos Arquitetos do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Liceu de Artes e Ofícios da Bahia, Salvador, Brazil.
1999 ‘Retrospectiva Campana’. Casa França Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
1999 ‘Matérias/Materiais’. Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia. Salvador, Brazil.
1999 ‘Numeros’. Museu Brasileiro de Escultura, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
2001 ‘Entre o Design e a Arte’. Museum of Modern Art, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
2001 ‘Inventividade’. Museum of Contemporary Art, Goiania, Brazil.
2002 ‘Never Letting the Poetry Escape’. Tel Aviv Museum of Art,Tel Aviv, Israel.
2003 ‘Campanas’. Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (CCBB), Brasília, Brazil.
2003 ‘Campanas’. Firma Casa, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Experimenta Design, Lisbon, Portugal; XXX, Stockholm, Sweden.
2004 ‘Ideal House’. IMM Cologne 2004, Cologne, Germany.
2004 ‘Zest for life’. Design Museum, London, UK; Danish Design Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark.
2004 ‘Tank’. The Design Museum, London, UK.
2005 ‘Campane di Campana’. Moss Gallery, New York, US.
2005 ‘Campana Brothers’. Brazilian Embassy, Tokyo, Japan.
2006 ‘História Naturalis’. International Furniture Fair (Edra Showroom), Milan, Italy; International Contemporary Furniture Fair (Edra Showroom), New York, US; Foments de les Arts Decoratives, Barcelona, Spain.
2007 ‘Cartoon Chairs’. Albion Gallery, London, UK.
2007 ‘TransPlastic’. Albion Gallery, London, UK.
2007 ‘Campanas in the Garden’. Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK.
2008 ‘Campana Brothers Select: works from the permanent collection’. Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, NY, US.
2009 ‘Antibodies’. Vitra Design Museum, Weil em Rheim, Germany.
2009 ‘Instalação Garrafas’. Centre D’Art Contemporain de la Marchélarie, Versailles, France.
2010 ‘Glass Experiences’. Waddesdon, Aylesbury, UK.
2010 ‘Antibodies’. NAiM, Maastricht, Holland; Triennale Design Museum, Milan, Italy.
2011 ‘Privato Romano’. Galleria O, Rome, Italy.
2011 ‘Antibodies’. Museu do Vale do Rio Doce, Espírito Santo, Brazil; CCBB, Brasília, Brazil; CCBB, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2011 ‘Fio em Fio’. Salão Design Sao Paulo, Brazil.
2011 ‘Arte de Sentar com Arte’. Gallery Conceito Firma Casa, Sao Paulo, Brasil.
2012 ‘Antibodies’. CCBB, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil; Museum of Contemporary Art, Monterrey, Mexico; Museo Franz Mayer, Mexico city, Mexico; Oaxaca Design Center, Oaxaca, Mexico.
2012 ‘Arte de Sentar com Arte’. Galeria Luciana Caravello, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.
2012 ‘Barocco Rococo’. Les Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France.
2013 ‘Brazilian Baroque’. David Gill Gallery, London, UK.
2013 ‘Ocean’. Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris, France.
2013 ‘Concepts’. Friedman Benda Gallery. NY, US.
2013 ‘Dangerous Luxury’. Sporting d'Hiver, Montecarlo, Monaco.
2014 ‘Antibodies’. Trapholt, Kolding, Denmark.

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