Campana Brothers
Manufatura
2nd Apr 2016 - 19th May 2016
Monday - Saturday
10am - 7pm
Carpenters Workshop Gallery
54 Rue De La Verrerie 75004
Paris

MANUFATURA OR THE CELEBRATING BRAZILIAN SAVOIR-FAIRE

Celebrated Brazilian designer duo, Fernando and Humberto Campana will unveil at the opening of their exhibition ‘Manufatura’, recent pieces from their new collections ‘Detonado’, ‘Bolotas’, ‘Ofidia’ and ‘Animal Center Table’. Manufatura – manufacture in Portuguese – is also intended to be a celebration of the Brazilian crafts.

The Brazilian designers have always paid particular attention to the quality of the execution of their pieces, the high level of craftsmanship and the transmission of techniques. This is particularly the case for the Campanas who, for the ‘Manufatura’ exhibition, renewed their ancestral savoir-faire without forgetting popular Brazilian culture.

The creation of the ‘Detonado’, ‘Bolotas’, ‘Ofidia’ and ‘Animal Center’ series have been an opportunity for the duo to emphasize, more than ever, the use of refined materials and to celebrate their heritage. A reinterpretation of their own artistic and creative practices where tradition and innovation are mixed together.

‘Manufatura’, is an exclusive solo-show from 2 April until 19 May at Carpenters Workshop Gallery Paris, with the involvement of fashion label FENDI, who for the occasion will unveil a work, which is the fruit of a collaboration with the duo.

TRANSCENDING ERAS AND TECHNIQUES

Creating a dialogue between European and Brazilian design with modernist influences, the ‘Detonado’ series uses sucupira and Freijó woods, typical of Brazil, juxtaposed with reclaimed wicker from Thonet chairs, icons of industrially designed furniture of the 19th century. The series is comprised of a modular shelf, a console table and a sideboard.

“Our initial inspiration was the desire to mix the characteristic stringing of tennis racquets with the process of caning (weaving chair seats) typical of the Portuguese and Brazilian furniture at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century,” the Campanas explain. “Furthermore, we wanted to dematerialise the material by using the leftovers of traditionally hand-woven wicker, in order to bring a new look to this material, close to basketry, playing with its transparency. The weaving was done here in the studio with a local artisan.”

BRONZE REPTILIAN

Made from cast bronze, the ‘Ofidia’ series is reminiscent of a long piece of rope that slithers and twists itself in an organic but dynamic way to form a side table and mirror. ‘Ofidia’, meaning snake in Portuguese, is inspired by the sinuous undulations of a reptile. “We wanted to concentrate on the creation process of the piece, the solidification of the rope with the help of cast bronze.”

CHAIRS TO NEST IN

The ‘Bolotas’ series is available in an armchair and a sofa and is made out of sheepskin, creating a “nest” effect, for incomparable seating comfort. The duo remain in touch with their heritage by using natural South American wood, for the chair legs. “We decided to use natural skin in order to offer comfort in the
design: sheepskin cushions for the armchair and sofa, carefully arranged on a stainless steel structure with legs made from Brazilian wood.”

STRAW MARQUETRY

Represented by Carpenters Workshop Gallery since 2009, Fernando and Humberto Campana have invested this year a studio at Carpenters Workshop I Roissy in order to develop the first piece of a whole new series. ‘Animal Center’ will also be presented at the ‘Manufatura’ exhibition. An impressive, rounded low table, made from straw marquetry on a hammered, polished brass frame. ‘‘The ‘Animal center table’ series comes from an investigation of traditional marquetry techniques. We wanted to bring a new look to this process by arranging wicker in natural patterns that are fluid and are casually constructed over a brass tube structure’’.

Selection of Works
Campana Brothers

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.

2013
/ Order of the Arts and Letters, Paris, France.

2012
/ Designer of the Year, Maison & Objet, Paris, France.
/ Prix Colbert Creation & Patrimoine, Paris, France.

2011
/ Special Prize at the Museu da Casa Brasileira, São Paulo, Brazil.

2008
/ Designer of the Year, Design Miami, USA.

1999
/ George Nelson Design Interior Awards, Interiors Magazine, USA.

1998
/ Home Furniture Category Award – 2nd Place (Labirinto Bookcase), Museu da Casa Brasiliera,
São Paulo, Brazil.

1997
/ Home Furniture Category Award – 1st Place (Inflavel Table). Associacao Basiliera da Industria
Moveleira (ABIMOVEL), São Paulo, Brazil.

1996
/ Design Category Award – 1st Place (Papel Chair). XXI Salao de Arte de Ribeirao Preto, Brazil.

1992
/ Acquisition Award (Cerca Screen), Museu de Arte Brasiliera, Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado,São Paulo, Brazil.


LITERATURE (selection)

2010
/ Adam Lindemann, “Collecting Design”, Taschen.

2009
/ Marcus Fairs, “Green Design”, London: Carlton Books Limited.

2007
/ Sophie Lovell, “Furnish: Furniture and Interior Design for the 21st Century”, Die Gestalten Verlag.

2004
/ Charlotte Fiell and Peter Fiell, “1000 Lights: 1960 to Present”, Taschen.


MUSEUM REFERENCES
Museum de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo (MASP), Sao Paulo. Centro Cultural Bancodo Brazil, Rio de Janeiro. Museum of Contemporary Art, Goiania. Museum of Moder Art, Sao Paulo. Museu Brasileiro de Escultura, Sao Paulo. Institutodo Arquitetos do Brazil, Rio de Janeiro. Pinacoteca do Estado do Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo. Casa Franca Brazil, Rio de Janeiro.Oaxaca Design Center, Mexico City. Museu Vale, Vila Velha. Montreal Fine Art Museum, Montreal. Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts, Montreal. Danish Design Centre, Copenhagen. Design Museum, London. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Manchester Museum, Oxford. Centre George Pompidou, Paris. Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris. Vitra Design Museum, Weil Am Rhein. Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich. Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Dusseldorf. Museum of Art, Tel Aviv. The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Jacqueline Vodoz and Bruno Danese Association, Milan. Palazzo Reale, Milan. Design Museum, Milan. Crystal Palace, Milan. Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. Centro Cultural Belem, Lisbon. Museum de Arte Mordernica, Bahia. Liceude Artes e Oficios da Bahia, Bahia. Fundacion Pedro Barrie de la Maza, Coruna. Don Edelman Foundation, Switzerland. Museum of Design, Lausanne. Latin America Design Foundation, Amsterdam. High Museum of Art, Atlanta. Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas. Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New-York. National Design Museum, New-York. Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, New-York. The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Museum of Fine Art, Houston. Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. Museum of Art, Tulsa. Art Museum, Palm Springs.The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
2010
/ Adam Lindemann, “Collecting Design”, Taschen.

2009
/ Marcus Fairs, “Green Design”, London: Carlton Books Limited.

2007
/ Sophie Lovell, “Furnish: Furniture and Interior Design for the 21st Century”, Die Gestalten Verlag.

2004
/ Charlotte Fiell and Peter Fiell, “1000 Lights: 1960 to Present”, Taschen.


Museum de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo (MASP), Sao Paulo. Centro Cultural Bancodo Brazil, Rio de Janeiro. Museum of Contemporary Art, Goiania. Museum of Moder Art, Sao Paulo. Museu Brasileiro de Escultura, Sao Paulo. Institutodo Arquitetos do Brazil, Rio de Janeiro. Pinacoteca do Estado do Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo. Casa Franca Brazil, Rio de Janeiro.Oaxaca Design Center, Mexico City. Museu Vale, Vila Velha. Montreal Fine Art Museum, Montreal. Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts, Montreal. Danish Design Centre, Copenhagen. Design Museum, London. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Manchester Museum, Oxford. Centre George Pompidou, Paris. Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris. Vitra Design Museum, Weil Am Rhein. Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich. Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Dusseldorf. Museum of Art, Tel Aviv. The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Jacqueline Vodoz and Bruno Danese Association, Milan. Palazzo Reale, Milan. Design Museum, Milan. Crystal Palace, Milan. Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. Centro Cultural Belem, Lisbon. Museum de Arte Mordernica, Bahia. Liceude Artes e Oficios da Bahia, Bahia. Fundacion Pedro Barrie de la Maza, Coruna. Don Edelman Foundation, Switzerland. Museum of Design, Lausanne. Latin America Design Foundation, Amsterdam. High Museum of Art, Atlanta. Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas. Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New-York. National Design Museum, New-York. Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, New-York. The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Museum of Fine Art, Houston. Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. Museum of Art, Tulsa. Art Museum, Palm Springs.The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
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