The Campana Brothers unveil dramatic prototypes for their first solo US show

The Campana Brothers unveil dramatic prototypes for their first solo US show

It seems fitting that Fernando and Humberto Campana should toast 30 years of creative partnership with their first solo show on American soil. This week sees the Brazilian brothers take over the Friedman Benda gallery in Chelsea, New York, with ’Campana Brothers: Concepts’, a group of dramatic prototypes the duo has been developing since the start of the year.

The brothers have taken the opportunity here to reiterate the principles that have consistently informed their work: sustainability, handcraft and experimentation with materials. This show charts their progression in each of these areas while underlining the playful, lighthearted and wholeheartedly Brazilian approach we’ve come to love.

At the centre of ’Concepts’ is the ’Circles’ chair, an exploration of the tennis racket chair conceived back in 2010 and ultimately written off as a mistake. The Campanas have revisited the woven, organic form in their ’Racket’ series, a family of brass-framed benches, consoles and screens that incorporate nylon-stitched lattice and woven elements of old Thonet chairs.

The pair’s longstanding affection for natural materials manifests itself in the gallery walls themselves, which have been covered in coconut fibres, creating an immersive environment. Stitched cowhide panels cover parts of the ’Boca’ wall-mounted bookshelf and brass table, making them appear to emerge from the walls and floor. The ’Ametista’ series of cabinets boast large amethyst crystals inserted within the glass. And a cabinet coated in tanned pirarucu skin (a large, sustainably farmed freshwater fish from Brazil) stands out in all its eco-conscious glory.

Speaking in tandem, the Campanas took stock of the exhibition’s main threads. ’We like the time that it takes to make a piece,’ they said, ’because we learn that we have several paths for reflection. Different materials allow us to investigate different concepts. We want to investigate natural materials more and find new possibilities to be as environmentally conscious as possible.

’Sometimes we don’t achieve this, but [we’ve] liked to push in this direction since the beginning.’

Sign up for the Amateur Photographer Newsletter

Sign up for the Motorboat and Yachting Newsletter

Sign up for the Cycling Weekly Newsletter

Sign up for the Amateur Gardening Newsletter

Sign up for the Country Life Newslettter

Sign up for the Decanter Asia DAWA Newsletter

Sign up for the Decanter China Newsletter

Sign up for the Decanter Daily Newsletter

Sign up for the Decanter Events newsletter

Sign up for the Decanter World Wine Awards DWWA Newsletter

Sign up for the Decanter Weekend Newsletter

Sign up for the Golf Monthly Newsletter

Sign up for the Horse & Hound Newsletter List

Sign up for the Ideal Home newsletter

Sign up for the Livingetc Newsletter

Sign up for the Mountain Bike Rider Newsletter

Sign up for the Marie Claire Daily

Sign up for the Magazines Direct Newsletter

Sign up for the Celebs Now Newsletter

Sign up for the Practical Boat Owner Newsletter

Sign up for the Sporting Gun Newsletter

Sign up for the Uncut Newsletter

Sign up for the Woman & Home Newsletter

Sign up for the Womans Weekly Brand Comms

Sign up for the Woman Newsletter

Wallpaper* Newsletter

Sign up for the World Soccer Newsletter

Sign up for the What's On TV Newsletter

Sign up for the Yachting Monthly Newsletter

Sign up for the ybwcom newsletter

Sign up for the ybwcom boats for sale Newsletter

Sign up for the Equo Organiser Newsletter

Sign up for the Equo Rider Newsletter

Sign up for the The Field Newsletter

Sign up for the Goodtoknow Generic Newsletter

Sign up for the Goodtoknow Recipes Newsletter

Sign up for the Life Death Prizes Newsletter

Sign up for the Rugby World Newsletter

Sign up for the Shooting Gazette Newsletter

Sign up for the Shooting Times Newsletter

Sign up for the ShootingUk Newsletter

Sign up for the Trusted Reviews Newsletter

Sign up for the Womans Own Newsletter

Sign up for the NME Daily Newsletter Newsletter

Sign up for the Decanter Master Events Newsletter

Sign up for the Goodtoknow BISS Newsletter

Sign up for the Yachting World Newsletter

Sign up for the Decanter Shanghai Events Newsletter

© TI Media Limited. Wallpaper* is part of TI Media Limited. All Rights Reserved.