By Derek Obregon
Thru Feb. 2013
Contemporary, modern, whimsical, functional . . . these are some of the words that describe the work of two brothers from Brazil. Fernando Campana (the architect) and Humberto Campana (the lawyer) are designers who have been gaining recognition since 1989. Their work of unique and custom-made designs are highly sought after for both public and private collections. It is fully functional furniture, prototypes and experiments that draw inspiration from everywhere; Brazil’s natural and artificial landscapes, film, music and art are all important in getting the creative juices flowing. If looking at unusual furniture doesn’t interest you, then you’ll be happy to know that there is more than meets the eye here. In “The Works of Fernando and Humberto Campana 1989-2009,” familiar materials—like wood, paper, wire and fabric—mean more to these brothers than how most of us see it. The materials we take for granted everyday are used to express larger ideas like sustainability and globalization. Their Vermelha armchair is constructed out of 500 meters of acrylic rope and cotton and the Plastico Bolha is an easy-chair made up entirely of bubble wrap. These are just two examples of the brothers’ contemporary design and creativity.
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