Fernando Campana 1961 Brotas (Brasil) – Humberto Campana 1953 Brotas (Brasil)
Since 1983, the brothers 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 – Edra, Alessi, Artecnica and Corsi Design among others – and domestic companies such as H. Stern jewelry and Melissa plastic shoes.
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 Firma Casa in Sao Paulo, Friedman Benda Gallery in New York, Carpenters Workshop Gallery in London, Galerie kreo in Paris and Galleria O. in Rome.
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).
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 have been awarded the Order of Arts and Letters in Paris