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Just In: Witty and Wise Works from Brazil’s Campana Brothers

June 9, 2015

Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to announce that our October 2015 Modern Art & Design auction will include two winsome examples of cutting-edge design by Brazilian brothers Fernando and Humberto Campana. The duo has been featured in exhibitions in venues ranging from the Museum of Modern Art in New York (1996), to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (2007), and the Palm Springs Art Museum (2012–2013). Their limited-edition pieces are among the most prized by collectors of contemporary design worldwide.

LAMA’s sale will include both a Cake stool (designed 2008) and a Harumaki chair (designed 2004)–each a wonderful iteration of the Campana aesthetic: bright and effervescent, representative of the rich and varied cultural life of Brazil and their home city, São Paulo.

Campana Brothers, Cake stool, LAMA Auction October 2015

Fernando & Humberto Campana, Cake stool (designed 2008), Estimate: $20,000–30,000

The Cake stool (this example is #76 from the edition of 150) is one of the most alluring Campana Brothers designs; with upholstery made of stuffed animals, symbolic of the buoyancy and brio of Brazil’s multiethnic society. As with many Campana pieces, humor and charm are the keynotes of the stool–though adorable, according to Humberto, their Banquettes composed of groups of plush toys like these tigers, leopards, and bears “[do] have a dark side . . . it’s like the food chain in nature whereby one creature eats the next.”

Campana Brothers, Harumaki chair, LAMA Auction October 2015

Fernando & Humberto Campana, Harumaki chair (designed 2004), Estimate: $6,000–9,000

Similarly, for all of its color and energy, the Harumaki chair alludes to something more serious. Inspired by the patchwork quilts and rugs made out of textile scraps found in Brazilian favelas (the shantytowns in cities such as São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro), the chairs are composed of rolled carpet remnants, underlay, and fabric offcuts. But even if their designs symbolize a Brazilian-style economy of means, the Campana Brothers visually state the byword of the nation’s samba-and-soccer-loving people: “Let’s have fun!”

Campana, Fernando and Humberto Campana, Darrin Alfred, Li Edelkoort, Stephan Hamel, Cathy Lang Ho, Deyan Sudjic, and Darrin Alfred. The Campana Brothers: Complete Works (So Far). New York: Rizzoli; London: Albion, 2010. 186. Print.

Lot Info:

Fernando & Humberto Campana
Cake stool
Estudio Campana, Brazil, designed 
2008
#76 of 150
Stitched edition on raccoon’s tail “Campana/Cake Stool #076/150”
28″ x 49″ diameter
Literature: The Campana Brothers: Complete Works (So Far). New York: Rizzoli; London: Albion, 2010. 286.
Estimate: $20,000–30,000

Fernando & Humberto Campana
Harumaki chair
Estudio Campana, Brazil, designed 2004
From the Sushi Collection
34″ x 24″ x 19″
Literature: The Campana Brothers: Complete Works (So Far). New York: Rizzoli; London: Albion, 2010. 270.
Estimate: $6,000 – 9,000

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