Inspired by Rome and by its multi-layered artistic heritage, Campana Brothers’ “Brazilian Baroque Collection”, edited exclusively by Giustini / Stagetti gallery and produced in Roman workshops specialised in the manufacturing of bronze and marble, was born in Rome in 2011 within “Privato Romano Interno”, the gallery’s contemporary design program curated by Emanuela Nobile Mino and presented in the homonymous exhibition at Palazzo Pamphilj, one of the most significant examples of the excellence of Roman baroque. Based on the assembly of gilded bronze elements taken from the traditional decorative repertoire of the 17th and 19th century, from the naturalistic sphere as well as from the everyday life, the corpus of “Baroque” works by Campanas is the result of a crossed look of the designers on both the Roman baroque and the Brazilian baroque tradition.
Combining the exuberance of the provincial baroque and of the popular culture and the proportion of the official artistic roman culture, this collection led the brothers to reach a personal definition of the Baroque, which they define as “transgenic”, inaugurating a brand new season within their creative path.
Since 1983, the brothers Fernando (born 1961) and Humberto (born 1953) Campana have been solidly building their career achieving both national and international recognition. Their work incorporates the idea of transformation and reinvention. Giving preciousness to poor, day-to-day or common materials carries not only the creativity in their design but also very Brazilian characteristics – the colors, the mixtures, the creative chaos, the triumph of simple solutions. Based in Sao Paulo, Estudio Campana is constantly investigating new possibilities in furniture making. It creates bridges and dialogues where the exchange of information is also a source of inspiration. Working in partnership with communities, factories and industries keeps the Estudio Campana repertoire fresh.
Campana pieces are part of the permanent collections of renowned cultural institutions such as the MoMa in New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, the Museum of Modern Art in Sao Paulo and the Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
Campana brothers were honored with the Designer of the Year award in 2008 by Design Miami/ and with the Designers of the Year award by Maison & Objet in 2012. That same year they were selected for the Comité Colbert Prize in Paris, honored at Beijing Design Week, and received the Order of Cultural Merit in Brasilia. In May 2013, they have been awarded the Order of Arts and Letters in Paris. In the same year they are among the 100 most influential Brazilian personalities for Forbes magazine. In 2014 and 2015, Wallpaper* cites them among the top 100 and the top 200 most important characters in the design. In 2017 a large monograph dedicated to the Brothers Campana is presented at the Oscar Niemeyer Museum (MON) in Curitiba, Brazil.