10 November 2016
Brazilian brothers, Fernando and Humberto Campana, are known around the world as essential figures in the design and art world. They are exemplary representatives of the concept that masterful works can be the result of creativity and artisan practice, inspired by the natural surroundings and contradictions of a country like Brazil. At the beginning of any creative journey, before the unusual discoveries, the selection of raw, common, and often salvaged materials, the brothers have an eye for seeing past banality. Bruno Molinari referred to this view as the “what else could this be?” approach. In their hands, wicker joins patchwork of varying hues, brass shaped like crocodiles from Pantanal, Northern Brazil’s swamp area, infested with Kaiman Jacaré. Fur scraps from Fendi and recycled stuffed animals become comfortable, tufted armchairs. Fernando and Humberto never miss the chance to reconfirm the importance of genius loci. Despite the fact that they travel the world, it constantly brings them back to Brazil where they can nurture their ingenuity, working with their hands to create impromptu objects from fresh sketches.