Fernando and Humberto Campana

Cadeira Jacare (Alligator) Chair 2005
Stainless steel legs and frame, covered with soft toys
152 x 102 x 93
59.8 x 40.2 x 36.6

Fernando and Humberto Campana

Drawing inspiration from Brazilian street life and carnival culture, the brothers Fernando and Humberto Campana (Humberto, São Paulo in 1953. Fernando, born Brotas in 1961) combine found objects – such as scraps of wood and fabric off-cuts – with advanced technologies to create a vibrant, energetic and definitively Brazilian approach to design. Taking their cue from everyday scenarios and using unexpected combinations of found materials – such as rubber hose, tissue paper, string or furry toys – Fernando and Humberto Campana transform modest materials into objects that celebrate the discarded and mundane and are instilled with the spirit of contemporary Brazil that they describe as “zest for life”. Central to their practice is the importance of materials. The challenge, as the Campanas see it, is to transform something poor into something decadent and opulent. This process of transformation has injected a new energy into contemporary design by presenting a bold, vibrant alternative to the rationalist ideals of the long dominant European modern movement. By experimenting with high and low tech materials and using artisanal techniques, the Campanas are able to harness the energies of their inherited tradition while defining a new aesthetic based on experimentation and advanced technologies.

Source: The Design Museum, London