I was advised to research into the Campana Brother, a Brazilian pair of siblings that are known for their wild and wacky designs that have a hidden serious and sensible narrative. I was most excited to see their stuffed toy chairs that are made to tackle important issues such as child labour.
The Campana Brothers, Fernando (b. 1961) and Humberto (b. 1953) were born in Brotas, a city outside of São Paulo. Together, in 1983, they founded the Estudio Campana. In 1998, “Project 66” was their first international show with Ino Maurer, curated by Paola Antonelli of New York MoMa. Also in 1998, they established their first design partnership with Edra in Italy. Each year, the brothers launch new products and concepts in collaboration with international brands such as Alessi, Artecnica, Bernardaud, Baccarat, Corsi Design, Consentino, Edra, Nodus, Magis, Moleskine, Skitch, Plus Design, Venini, and Trousseau, among others.
Alligator Couch in Leather
This couch is part of a large series of furnishings upholstered with collections of stuffed and leather animals. When the Campana Brothers decided to build the structures with leather objects instead of mass-produced plush toys from China, they began collaborating with the Brazilian NGO OrientaVida, an organization that supports underprivileged women. Members from OrientaVida sew the leather alligators together that create the writhing (and slightly unsettling) groupings
The Bolotas series
The Bolotas series includes an armchair and sofa covered in soft bundles of brown sheepskin, designed to create a "nest" effect, while the Animal Center table features traditional straw marquetry techniques, placed on a brass tube framework.
The Bolotas series includes a sofa and an armchair wrapped in brown sheepskin to create nest-like seats
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