Contribution by Darrin Alfred, Deyan Sudjic, Li Edelkoort, Stephan Hamel and Cathy Lang Ho
March 23, 2010
Design - Furniture
10 x 12
About This Book
The comprehensive monograph on one of the most celebrated bodies of design in recent decades.
Inspired and distilled from Brazil’s street and carnival cultures, Humberto and Fernando Campana have consistently produced gleefully "imperfect" designs that challenge the modernist hierarchy of form and function and the relationship of art and utility. Key figures in the "design art" movement, the Campanas’ work has been highly sought after by collectors and auctioned for hundreds of thousands of dollars. The Brazilian-born brothers cite their country’s unique culture as integral to each object, often using materials from São Paolo’s favelas in their work as both inspiration and as functional parts. In their hands, coils of rope, stuffed alligators, and Bubble Wrap are transformed into shapes of unexpectedly graceful chairs, lounges, and other pieces of highly functional if improbable furniture. This element of playfulness has become a signature of their work, demonstrating an ability to imbue each piece with sophisticated humor and unpredictable form. A highly anticipated monograph, the first of their career, this book contains newly commissioned photography and detailed information on all of the Campanas’ designs, including prototypes, rare one-offs, and limited and mass-production pieces. In addition, four illuminating essays by experts in the design field make this the book on the Campanas for years to come.
About the Author
Humberto and FernandoCampanas’ designs have been the subject of exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Vitra Design Museum. Li Edelkoort is one of the world’s most renowned trend forecasters. Stephan Hamel is an in-demand consultant to Italian design manufacturers. Cathy Lang Ho is the former founding editor-in-chef of the Architect’s Newspaper and a design journalist. Deyan Sudjic is the Director of the Design Museum, London.
"Campana Brothers: Complete Works (So Far) is an in-depth look at a pair of designers who see beauty in teh banal and create magnificient pieces that are coveted by collectors the world over... One of the most engaging features of the book is the behind the scenes look at the construction of their pieces..." ~StyledOn.com
"Campana Brothers: Complete Works (So Far) surveys the designs of the Brazilian duo known for transforming unconventional materials (hoses, Bubble Wrap, stuffed animals) into quirky furnishings, textiles, and lighting; it catalogues all their pieces, including prototypes and limited editions." ~Elle Decor
"If you've ever looked askance at a piece by the Brazilian designers Humberto and Fernando Campana and wondered what they were thinking - or what you're supposed to be thinking - you're not alone. Their new monograph, Campana Brothers: Complete Works (So Far), which is published by Rizzoli, may help explain the method behind what often seems like madness." ~New York Times T Magazine Blog
"As the first book to examine their collective work, this volume complements more than 400 photographs with the views of five design-minded individuals. Why We Love It: In addition to the finished works, Campana Brothers includes prototypes, rare one-offs and limited pieces." ~Luxe
"Brazilian bros Humberto and Fernando Campana are the wacky darlings of modern design, and this book reveals the method to their madness." ~Riviera