Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana share inspirations from their hometown São Paulo while paying tribute to their mentor the late Massimo Morozzi, former art director of Italian design group Edra. Massimo Morozzi discovered the São Paulo designers in 1997 when he spotted images of their Vermelha chair constructed from 500 metres of rope and now famous all over the world. Fernando and Humberto posted Morozzi a VHS cassette that revealed its weaving process overlaid with music, which according to Humberto was to drown out the arguments he and Fernando had during its filming. Over nearly 20 years, Fernando, Humberto and Massimo collaborated on a collection each year informed by ideas that transcended the vast distances between them and a shared passion for the city of São Paulo.
"Our studio is based in downtown São Paulo. I always say that it is a school of experimental design. We have a big tradition of crafts in Brazil that is kind of disappearing. What we try to do is rescue those old traditions and give them a new input", remarks Humberto Campana. "We also have a part of our studio dedicated to architectural projects because today we are more and more investigating other disciplines and getting back to our work with more mature eyes. São Paulo is a city that eats itself and digests. We don't have the history, people destroy and construct. São Paulo is not like Rio de Janeiro which is the ocean, the open city. Here we are inside, you need to construct your own paradise to survive."
Highlights from the Edra collection by Fernando and Humberto Campana include Favela, inspired by the incredibly resourceful local style of Brazilian architecture; Jenette, a dining chair with a back made from around 900 flexible 'stalks' that make a lovely sound as they shuffle into place; Corallo, a squiggle of a sketch that turned into a wire-frame chaise and a permanent part of the Museum of Modern Art's collection; Boa, the most comfortable sofa in the world, and Cipria, a more elevated version of Boa.