Fernando and Humberto Campana, Estúdio Campana (1965, Brotas, Brazil; 1953, Rio Claro, Brazil)
Partners since 1983, the brothers Fernando and Humberto Campana are recognized worldwide for their work in design. Their art, which was previously strictly in furniture, now extends beyond the limits of multidisciplinarity and establishes design as a path for telling stories, uniting architecture, fashion, scenography and landscape architecture. Through their studio, Estúdio Campana, the brothers have pushed the envelope in terms of the resignification, recovery and reuse of materials, proposing simple and creative solutions, while recovering manual practice. The collective popular mindset of Brazil, with its colors and shapes, is translated into dramatic pieces full of movement and meaning, promoting the art of design as a tool for the exchange of knowledge, transformation and social inclusion.
The Estúdio Campana was founded in 1984. Their first solo show was held at Nucleon 8 (1989), followed by the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (1991), the Museu da Casa Brasileira (1996, São Paulo, Brazil), MAM-SP (2001), the Design Museum, London (2004), the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2007), the Musée Des Arts Decoratifs, Paris (2012), and MAM-RJ (2020), among many other venues. The venues of group shows they have participated in have most notably included MoMA-NY (1998), the Crystal Palace, Milan (2003), Centre Pompidou (2005), the Triennale di Milano (2015), Somerset House, London (2018), the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2020) and the Denver Art Museum (2021). Their pieces figure in important collections such as those of Centre Pompidou (France), the Musée Des Arts Décoratifs (France), MoMA-NY (USA) and MAM-SP (Brazil). In 2009, they founded the Instituto Campana to promote design as a social tool. They have also received various honors and awards, being ranked among the most important design professionals by the magazine Wallpaper (2014–15), and, in 2012, they were conferred the Colbert Committee Award (Paris), honored by Design Week (Beijing), received the Order of Cultural Merit (DF) and the Order of Arts and Letters of the Ministry of Culture of France, and were elected as Designers of the Year by Maison & Objet of Paris. In 2008, they won the Design/Miami Designer of the Year Prize.