Fernando Campana, Brazil (*1961)
They started in 1989 with a furniture exhibition, provocatively called "The Inconsolable", a political manifesto rather than functional objects.
Their radical point of view is strengthened by the use of poor materials and industrial trash. In a poor country the handmade production represents an opportunity for social redemption. However, their purpose is that of finding a Brazilian way for design, trying to avoid the European colonization.
In Italy they partecipated in the Exhibition "Viaggio in Italia" at Abitare il tempo of Verona in 1994, and 1995 in the Exhibition organized at the Brazilian Consulate of Milan "Il Brasile fa anche design".
In 1997 they designed lamps for O Luce. Some of their works are included in the International Design Year Book of 1997, edited by Philippe Starck.
In 1998 the Moma Museum in New York dedicated to the Campana's work an exhibition titled
The exhibition entitled "Ideen sitzen / Ideas that sit well" at Hamburg's Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe invites visitors to peruse chairs, armchairs and sofas. The tour of the museum swiftly morphs into a voyage of discovery through the history of interior design, if not even the history of ideas and cultural history of recent decades.
Design as a way of reconsidering life
The Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana have come to Weil am Rhein on the occasion of the opening of their major exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum. Talking to Stylepark, the brothers describe their experiences as cultural ambassadors of Brazil, explain their idea of self-respect in design and the possible ways of fusing high-tech and traditional craftwork.› To the article
To be creative means to enjoy
Artists and designers, cultural ambassadors and dreamers: Vitra Design Museum presents the refreshingly diverse oeuvre of Brazilians Fernando and Humberto Campana.› To the article