Cofounder of São Paulo-based design collective Estudio Campana, Humberto Campana has a passion for the traditions of Brazilian craftsmanship making his country’s eclectic traditions the starting point for the studio’s prized collections – like the Vermelha chair made of 500 metres of rope that launched his career nearly 20 years ago.
Along with his brother Fernando Campana and a team of artists, seamstresses, designers and craftspeople, Humberto Campana has established an international reputation for contemporary design that focuses on simple, everyday materials, reimagined and magically transformed into beautiful pieces that boldly and successfully bridge artistic endeavour and functional design.
Five hundred metres of rope was the starting point for one of their most famous pieces the Vermehla chair. A piece that also began a 20-year collaboration with Italian manufacturer Edra. Now like many of their designs Vermelha is part of MoMA New York’s permanent object collection.
Also of note are pieces including the Favela chair that shares the tradition of make-shift Brazilian architecture, the coral-inspired Corallo armchair, the large and enveloping Boa sofa, the Campana lamp and Cipria sofa, a series of floating fluffy ‘powder puffs’. All pieces explore texture, material, colour, and Estudio Campana’s unique processes in experimentation and making things by hand.
Humberto Campana was in Australia this month as a keynote speaker at the APSDA 2015 conference in Adelaide.
You can read the recent interview with Humberto Campana in The Adelaide Review.
Not a design company that follows the status quo, more space talks with Edra’s Niccolò Mazzei who grew up in the family business amongst the designers and the history of craftsmanship and innovation in Tuscany, and where knowledge runs deep and curiosity begins each new collection.
When Fernando and Humberto Campana began work on the New Hotel project in Athens 10 years ago, little did they know just how important the project would be, not only for their own practice, but also for the local artisans and architects who joined in on the adventure.
Edra's Boa sofa may have found a new home in the Hollywood Hills with Kendall Jenner, but its roots are grounded in the cultural history of Brazil and the traditions of craftsmanship reinterpreted by the Sao Paulo-based and internationally renowned, Estudio Campana.
See inside Rio's famous cliff top building, Clube Costa Brava, designed in 1962 by architect Ricardo Menescal and transformed into Casa Italia for the Rio Olympic Games – with the help of Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana and furniture manufacturer Edra.
Cofounder of São Paulo-based design collective Estudio Campana, Humberto Campana has a passion for the traditions of Brazilian craftsmanship.
We visit Fernando and Humberto Campana and their thriving workshop and studio, home to the creators of the vast collection of furniture and objects found in museums and galleries around the world.
Well known for their love of the natural and the artisan, Brazilian designers, and brothers, Fernando and Humberto Campana have created a collection of leather and wicker furniture pieces.
tribute to the great Parisian museum and described as a mix of craftsmanship by a great master glassmaker and an abstract pastry chef, artist Jacopo Foggini reveals his new chair for the musée D’orsay.