Cake Stool or Fake Stool?

[Above: ‘Cake Stool‘ (2008) by Humberto and Fernando Campana (Designers) and Estudio Campana (Manufacturer) from Sao Paolo, Brazil.  (Made from soft toys, steel, and canvas).]

Brazilian designers, “The Campana Brothers” are Humberto Campana, (b. 1953) and Fernando Campana, (b. 1961).  In 1983, the two teamed up to make furniture made of ordinary materials including scrap and waste products such as cardboard, rope, cloth and wood scraps, plastic tubes and aluminium wire.

They draw inspiration from Brazil’s street life and carnival culture, by combining ‘found’ objects (such as scraps of wood, furry toys and fabric off cuts); with advanced technologies, to create a vibrant energetic and definitively Brazilian approach to design. The brothers refer to this as ‘zest for life’ which celebrates the discarded and mundane.

In 1998 they became the first Brazilian artists to exhibit their work at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, along with work from the German lighting designer Ingo Maurer.

  • The Campana Brothers are currently represented by Friedman Benda in New York, Carpenters Workshop Gallery in London and Paris, as well as Galleria O in Rome.

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