FERNANDO & HUMBERTO CAMPA NA
Fernando and Humberto Campana have been creating modern classics since 1983. Their creativity is based upon looking beyond the obvious to capture the beauty in the everyday. They use unexpected materials in surprising and inspiring ways, such as in the Vermelha chair woven in brightly colored rope they found in a São Paulo market or the Favela chair, made out of scrap wood picked up on local streets. With a constantly striking use of color and a heartfelt dedication to craftsmanship, the brothers make the ordinary extraordinary and bring out the beautiful in the simple. Since 2002, Estudio Campana, their São Paulo-based company, has been producing its own product line, as well as one-off handmade pieces. Their work can be seen in the permanent collections of cultural institutions around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein and the Museu de Arte Moderna in São Paulo. They were also named Designers of the Year at Design Miami in 2008, at Maison & Objet Paris in 2012 and were given a special award at the Musée des Art Décoratifs, Paris in September 2012.
LV: Why did you agree to create an Objet Nomade for Louis Vuitton? FC & HC: Firstly, for the opportunity to explore the Louis Vuitton universe. Secondly, to send a message about unique ways of working with recycled materials. LV: What did you consider first: form or function? FC & HC: Both. We always imagine and consider the function and the form of an object. The Maracatu, for example, would be like a dreamed-of but unlikely encounter between fashion and design, part artwork, part object. LV: How did you work with the Louis Vuitton workshops’ savoir-faire? FC & HC: Our work incorporates the idea of transformation and reinvention. The Maracatu, for example, uses recycled leather off-cuts from the workshop and stands at the threshold between tradition and innovation. We were impressed with the archive of materials, as well as the artisans’ ability to detect distinct colors in the leather and to assemble various pieces in slightly different shades to achieve the effect of a specific color.