From May 22nd to July 27th, Carpenters Workshop Gallery will show an exceptional exhibition by the Campana Brothers.
For their first gallery exhibition in France, the Brazilian designers have created, in tandem with Carpenters Workshop Gallery, a series of unusual pieces entitled «OCEAN COLLECTION», specially designed for the gallery space.
An unexpected evolution of the Campana Brothers’ signature Sushi series, the OCEAN COLLECTION builds on the mash up of materials that resembles Japanese maki rolls developed by the Brazilian design duo back in 2002 when they were investigating methods to make upholstery without relying on traditional techniques. The pieces include a SUSHI BUFFET and a SUSHI CABINET, a fresh expression of WALL and PENDANT MIRRORS, and four VITORIA REGIA STOOL.
« We decided to use mirrors because Humberto began with mirrors that he framed with seashells’, explains Fernando. ‘So we’re re-visiting our start now using new materials and benefitting from the maturity of our work. For the Carpenters Workshop Gallery exhibition, we wanted to create an art installation where mirrors connect with other realities and become synonyms of other dimensions. In addition to the WALL MIRRORS, we created PENDANT MIRRORS because when you put them in a room they twist and turn, absorbing the space and reflecting what is around them ».
Humberto adds: « The inspiration comes from the SUSHI series that includes chairs, sofas, buffets and other objects. We decided to frame mirrors with felt, rubber carpet and EVA in different shades of green, blue and white to create a liquid atmosphere – hence the name of the exhibition. The mirrors connect to water, and we added curved lines (not unlike the shape of sushi rolls) to the frames to create different patterns of colors. Our work is handmade and hence very precious. We try to introduce humanization to the process of manufacturing, which is a key aspect of Brazilian design »
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.