In town to launch the new creations for Lasvit, Humberto Campana talks about the key inspiration leading to Fungo’s creation and staying creative in the world of design
What’s the unique factor about the Fungo lamp (right)?
Fungo was an unplanned creation, an accident in design. We were shooting the video of the making of Candy in the factory’s basement and we noticed this old wooden mold. It was very humid and there were mushroom growing on it and it looked so interesting and that stuck in my head. Before we left for Brazil, I sketched something really quick and asked Maxim Velðovský (Lasvit’s art director) if he’d be interested in making it before we flew back to Sao Paulo. I didn’t really think he would take up my request but he did and now we have the Fungo. It’s a hybridism between materials – glass and wood, one cold and one warm. This is actually the first time I’ve seen it in person, it’s bigger than I thought it would be and I’m really proud and happy with it.
Do you consider yourself more of an artist or a designer?
Honestly after 40 years of doing what I’ve been doing I am not sure what I am anymore, I like to play and visit different these universes and view them through the eyes of a child.
How do you maintain that over 40 years? What do you do to keep yourself excited?
I love travelling, it energises me. Coming into contact with other