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Campana Brothers

The Campana Brothers were among Brazil’s foremost contemporary furniture designers. Inspired by their country’s vernacular culture, Humberto and Fernando Campana (b. 1953; 1961–2022) combined everyday objects in unexpected ways — often waste materials like rope, cardboard, plastic tubing, and aluminum wire — to make their singular chairs, decor, lighting and other items. Their designs have been manufactured by such companies as Alessi, Swarovski and Cappellini. And they received numerous honors, including being named Designer of the Year both at Design Miami in 2008, and by Maison & Objet in Paris in 2012.

Humberto Campana was born in Rio Claro in 1953 and earned a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of São Paulo. Fernando was born in 1961 in Brotas, and graduated from the São Paulo School of Fine Arts with a bachelor’s degree in architecture.

The Campana brothers started working together in 1983, crafting furniture using their signature method of adaptive reuse. Their pieces frequently refer to Brazilian social and cultural traditions and entities. Among these are the country’s favelas, or shantytowns, that have grown up around major cities. An homage to the resourcefulness with which the residents of São Paulo’s favelas make use of the materials at hand, repurposing cast-off objects in ingenious designs and constructions, their Favela armchair is made of cast-off strips of wood (the first one was made from discarded slats from a fruit market), which are glued and nailed together seemingly at random. The end result, however, is a compact, solid and well-proportioned chair.

By 1997, some of the Campanas’ pieces were being produced and sold in Italy, including the Edra Vermelha armchair, constructed of cord handwoven around a steel frame. In 1998, the brothers became the first Brazilian designers to have their work exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Today their furniture is included in MoMA’s permanent collection and in those of numerous other major institutions, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Vitra Design Museum.

On 1stDibs, find a collection of Campana Brothers armchairs, case pieces and other furniture.

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Jenette Chair by Estudio Campana for Edra
By Campana Brothers, Edra
Located in Vlimmeren, BE
This special chair Jenette, was designed by Fernando and Humberto Campana for Edra. Thanks to its flexible back, this chair molded in polyurethane with metal armor is a link between...
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Early 2000s Italian Modern Campana Brothers

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Metal

  • Jenette Chair by Estudio Campana for Edra
  • Jenette Chair by Estudio Campana for Edra
  • Jenette Chair by Estudio Campana for Edra
  • Jenette Chair by Estudio Campana for Edra
H 37.01 in W 16.15 in D 19.69 in
Kaleidos Sculptural Wall Lamp Designed by Campana Brothers for Ghidini, 1961
By Ghidini 1961, Campana Brothers
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Sculptural wall light in stainless steel finished in polished brass designed by Campana Brothers. Also available in smaller size: 18.5" x 16".
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Campana Brothers

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Stainless Steel

Bambu Table Lamp by Fernando & Humberto Campana for Fontana Arte, 2000
By Campana Brothers, Fontana Arte
Located in Santa Gertrudis, Baleares
Lamp model Bambù Humberto (1953) & Fernando (1962) CAMPANA with beige lacquered metal structure in which bamboo rods are inserted which form diffusing screens for the four light sour...
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Early 2000s Italian Modern Campana Brothers

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Metal

Ghidini 1961 Sticks Flowers Pot in Polished Brass by Campana Brothers
By Ghidini 1961, Campana Brothers
Located in Villa Carcina, IT
The new flower holder is a small abstract bush. With its delicate poetry it completes the domestic environment. Sticks frees our composite creativity, consents the play of colors, es...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Campana Brothers

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Brass

Ghidini 1961 Jack Fruit Sculptural Vase by Campana Brothers
By Ghidini 1961, Campana Brothers
Located in Villa Carcina, IT
Jackfruit is a numbered vases edition, an object that for its exclusivity completes every environment with its strong sculptural presence. The vases are available in two different fi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Campana Brothers

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Metal

Candle "Bambu" Table Lamp Huge Version, Campana Brothers by Fontana Arte, 2000
By Campana Brothers, Fontana Arte
Located in Munich, DE
Table lamp "BAMBU" design by Fernando and Humberto Campana, 2000. Manufactured by Candle (Fontana Arte). Cream white lacquered metal, bamboo sticks.
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Early 2000s Italian Modern Campana Brothers

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Metal

Campana Brothers "Cone" Lounge Chair and Ottoman Edra, 1997
By Campana Brothers
Located in PARIS, FR
Very nice cone chair designed by Fernando & Humberto Campana for Edra, Italy, 1997. Its made of a grey lacquered metal tubular frame, and it has a transparent plexiglass seat. T...
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1990s Italian Minimalist Campana Brothers

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Steel

Ghidini 1961 Sticks Candleholder in Polished Brass by Campana Brothers
By Ghidini 1961, Campana Brothers
Located in Villa Carcina, IT
Three crossed twigs are the memory of fire. An evocative and emotional object, a small table poetry. As always Campana Brothers take their inspiration by the lush and wild Brazilian ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Campana Brothers

Materials

Brass

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Campana Brothers furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Campana Brothers furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Campana Brothers furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 3 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 35 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Campana Brothers were created in the modern style in europe during the 21st century and contemporary. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Valentina Giovando, Toso, Massari & Associates, and Foster+Partners. Prices for Campana Brothers furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $946 and can go as high as $104,650, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $7,686.

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