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Just In: Two Exuberant, Plush Chairs by Fernando and Humberto Campana

July 18, 2017

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is pleased to announce the auction of two signature pieces of playful plush furniture designed by Fernando and Humberto Campana. These editioned pieces, the Cake Stool and Dolphins and Sharks Chair, will be available in our October 22, 2017 Modern Art and Design Auction.

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Fernando & Humberto Campana, Cake Stool, Designed 2008
October 22, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

The Campana brothers pulled the rug from beneath the design world in 1998 with the launch of their now iconic Vermelha Chair, a fully functional piece of furniture that resembles a giant mess of spaghetti covered in red sauce. Hand-constructed out of over 1,600 feet of red cotton rope woven and wrapped around an iron and aluminum frame using a technique inspired by Brazilian weaving traditions, the chair elicits a response of sheer, exuberant delight and wonder.

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Fernando & Humberto Campana, Dolphins and Sharks Chair, Designed 2002
October 22, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

As Humberto said: “The Vermelha Chair is an homage to chaos. It’s a portrait of Brazil, a melting pot of culture and races…and I try to manifest this idea into a kind of chair that is chaotic in its very construction.” Like the Vermelha Chair, and most of the works Fernando and Humberto Campana have created over the course of four decades, the Dolphins and Sharks Chair (designed 2002) and the Cake Stool (designed 2008) function under the premise of a kind of deceptive chaos that is actually underpinned by a calculated precision. Both the Dolphins and Sharks Chair and the Cake Stool are constructed out of a bevy of plush and playful stuffed animals that form surprisingly comfortable lounge seating.

For the Campana brothers, material always comes first; it always dictates the design. “We always say that first comes the material, then the form, and finally we elaborate the function of the product by studying its ergonomics, limitations, and capabilities,” the brothers once explained. Playing with readily available mass-produced materials, or discarded and reclaimed stock, the brothers’ designs embrace the lowbrow and the everyday, elevating these humble materials to new heights by incorporating them into highly sophisticated, bold designs. Fernando and Humberto Campana’s works celebrate and—however cursorily—resolve contradictions inherent to seemingly irreconcilable binaries: order and chaos, the natural and the manmade, the highbrow and the low, and the decadence of high design and the sobering realities of the quotidian. The result is a decidedly absurd and entirely brilliant intermingling of the popular with the avant-garde that ultimately tests and reappraises preconceived notions of beauty and taste.

This auction is an opportunity to acquire two important works by internationally acclaimed artists who continue to upend and wildly influence the field of contemporary art and design.

Fernando and Humberto Campana have had solo exhibitions in renowned international venues including the Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris; Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Tel Aviv Museum of Art; and the Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo. They have also been awarded with the Special Prize at the Museu da Casa Brasileira (Brazilian House Museum) in 2001; Designer of the Year by Design Miami in 2008; Designer of the Year, Maison & Objet, Paris, France in 2012, and in 2013 were decorated by the esteemed Order of the Arts and Letters, Paris, France.

Lot Information:

Lot 213
Fernando & Humberto Campana
Dolphins and Sharks Chair
Estudio Campana, Brazil, designed 2002
#26 of 35
34.5″ x 56″ x 38.5″
Stitched edition on underside “Campana/Dolphins and Sharks/#26/35”
Together with copy of certificate from Studio Campana
Literature: The Campana Brothers: Complete Works (So Far). D. Alfred, et al. 2010. 266.
Estimate: $20,000-$30,000
October 22, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction 

Lot 214
Fernando & Humberto Campana
Cake Stool
Estudio Campana, Brazil, designed 2008
#93 of 150
25.5″ x 51″ x 53″
Stitched edition on underside “Campana/Cake Stool/#093/150”
Together with copy of certificate from Studio Campana
Literature: The Campana Brothers: Complete Works (So Far). D. Alfred, et al. 2010. 286.
Estimate: $20,000-$30,000
October 22, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

“Humberto and Fernando Campana.” 76 Artworks, Bio & Shows on Artsy. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 July 2017.
Fernando and Humberto Campana, interview by Design Museum, London, www.designmuseum.org/design/fernando-humberto-campana.

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