Since 1984, 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 brands such as Alessi, Baccarat, Bernardaud, Bisazza, Corsi Design, Edra, Fendi, Ghidini 1961, H. Stern, Lasvit, Lacoste, Louis Vuitton, Melissa, Nodus, Skitch, Venini, Vibram, among others.
In 2002, 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 Giustini/Stagetti in Rome, Carpenters Workshop Gallery in London and Paris, Firma Casa in Sao Paulo.
Interior design, architecture and landscaping have become an increasingly important part of the Estudio Campana portfolio. Camper together with Campana (Berlin 2006, Barcelona 2007, London 2007, Florence 2008, Zaragoza 2008, 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), the Sarah Chofakian Store (Sao Paulo 2012), the Scenography of the Summer edition 2013-2014 of Sao Paulo Fashion Week (2013), the lobby, design store and auditorium at Stedelijk Museum (’s-Hertogenbosch 2013), Iniala Beach House (Phuket 2013), house project (Sao Paulo, 2016) and Aesop store (Sao Paulo, 2016) are among the recent interior and architecture commissions. Highlights of their landscaping projects are the gardens of the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency in Sao Paulo (2008), the Firma Casa Showroom and Gallery facade in Sao Paulo (2011), and the Bamboo Cathedral at Hotel Fazenda Catucaba in Sao Luiz do Paraitinga in Brazil (2013). Among their urban sculptures and landmark projects we can mention the Campanas in the Garden at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London (2007), La Gloriette for Veuve Clicquot at Milan Furniture Fair (2010), the Brachina installation at Beijing Design Week (Sept 2012), the urban sculpture at the Habitarte building in Sao Paulo (2013), the Aesop store at Vila Madalena in Sao Paulo (2016), and their first architectural commission–a private residence in Sao Paulo (2016).
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 the Maracatu travel cabinet, the Cocoon swinging chair and Bomboca sofa for the Louis Vuitton’s Objets Nomades series in 2012, 2015 and 2017 respectively.
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 Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the MoMa in New York, the Musée Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in Sao Paulo and also the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein.
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 and were awarded the Order of Arts and Letters by the Minister of Culture in France. In 2013 they were listed among the top 100 most influential Brazilian personalities by Forbes magazine. In 2014 and 2015 Wallpaper* ranked them among the top 100 and 200 major players in design respectively.