Brazilian Baroque: the Campana brothers on show at Melissa’s Galleria in Covent Garden

A white furry sofa with a sloped backrest and gold trim.
The Campana Brothers have collaborated with Melissa’s Galleria in Covent Garden showing five of their baroque inspired pieces
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For those on the hunt for a little fun and anti-Frieze at the end of a week of serious arty parties in London, head to Covent Garden. Melissa, the original pioneer and inventor of the jelly shoe, has collaborated with Brazilian design brothers Humberto and Fernando Campana in a new and irreverent adventure. ‘Barroca: The Harmony of Imperfection’ is a new range of plastic flats and an installation across the first and basement floors of Melissa’s Galleria on King Street.

Inspired by their own recent furniture collection 'Baroque,' of which five pieces are also on display in the store, the Campanas’ new Barroca shoes mix Roman Baroque with the typical ad-hoc Brazilian way of life. 'The idea was to create an organic language among the tradition of a culture and the perspective of a new country through the fusion of ornaments of the past with contemporary elements,' explains Fernando.

A chair, sofa, candlesticks, floor lamp and chandelier are on display from the Baroque Collection, sitting within a specially created environment that combines traditional Rococo motifs such as shells and cherubs with more unlikely decorative references including fish bones, scissors and screws. Large-scale screens on the upper floor show complementary animations showing very high resolution digital models of the works created by long-time Melissa collaborator Muti Randolph.

Since its opening last year, Galeria Melissa London has staged two installations including the Gareth Pugh Retrospective and Megan Broadmeadow: Mercury 13. Since it was founded in 1979 the company has manufactured over 170 million pairs of shoes with over 600 products being released per year.

Left, a bronze crafted candle holder with various things sculpted into it. Right, a candle holder with a bronze crafted base and a curved candle.

The installation called ‘Barroca: The Harmony of Imperfection’ was inspired by their own recent furniture collection which mixes Roman Baroque with the typical ad-hoc Brazilian way of life.

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A chair with a bronze sculpted frame and a grey furry cushion and backrest.

’The idea was to create an organic language among the tradition of a culture and the perspective of a new country through the fusion of ornaments of the past with contemporary elements,’ explains Fernando.

(Image credit: TBC)

Two, images of a bronze sculpted floor lamp.

(Image credit: TBC)

A bronze chandelier with various shapes sculpted into it.

The pieces sit within a specially created environment that combines traditional Rococo motifs such as shells and cherubs with more unlikely decorative references including fish bones, scissors and screws.

(Image credit: TBC)

INFORMATION

‘Barroca: The Harmony of Imperfection’ is on show at Galeria Melissa (opens in new tab).

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43 King St
Covent Garden
London
WC2E 8JY

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