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Campana Brothers

About Artist

Humberto, born in 1953 and Fernando, born in 1961 are brothers from Brazil. Since 1983, Fernando and Humberto Campana have achieved both national and international recognition. Their work incorporates their ethos in environment and the idea of re-using and re-inventing everyday materials to achieve some notably Brazilian characteristics—bright colors, creative chaos, the triumph of simple solutions.

Based in São Paulo, their studio often works in partnership with local communities, factories, and industries. 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. In 1998 their Project 66 was shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Since then they have worked with Alessi and Fontana Arte on unlimited edition pieces, and their studio crafts its own unique handmade pieces. Those special editions are included in the permanent collections of renowned cultural institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany. Their studio also works in interior design, architecture, and landscaping, and the brothers have created a collection of Brazilian jewelry for H.Stern, shoes and bags for Grendene, and a cabinet for Louis Vuitton. In 2009 and in 2012 they reinterpreted the traditional Lacoste polo shirt. Set design is another area of interest, and their sets have been featured by the Ballet National de Marseille and in a production of Peter and the Wolf at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Their work has been the subject of several exhibitions, including one at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York in 2008.

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