campana brothers: barocco rococo
campana brothers: barocco rococo campana brothers: barocco rococo
nov 07, 2012

campana brothers: barocco rococo

campana brothers: barroco rococó les arts décoratifs, paris on now until february 24, 2013




the work of fernando and humberto campana is deeply rooted in the culture and craft of their home country brazil. not afraid to define their creative practice as lying somewhere on the edge of ‘kitsch’ with a touch of ‘regionalism’, they utilize materials and forms which result in pieces which hint to the arte povera movement, while encompassing the essence of hard core industrial design manufacturing. their ‘barocco rococó’ is a series of 11 furniture prototypes composed of lamps, chandeliers, tables and seating which are assemblages of elements influenced and derived from the sculpture produced in the baroque and rococo periods. a sense of luxury and craftsmanship is conveyed through the detailed filigree work which supports each piece of this collection, the main decorative elements of each motif having been cast from gilt bronze portraying figures and imagery reminiscent of the iconographic drawings of the 17th and 18th centuries.

for this body of work, the campana brothers looked to the architecture of francesco borromini, the sculptures of bernini and the frescoes of pietro da cortona of historical rome, and wanted to take the opportunity to pay tribute to the baroque art of their own country of origin. the parts of ‘barocco rococó’ have all been molded in a roman workshop which specializes in bronze and marble work using the purest traditions of jewelry craft techniques, produced in a limited edition series, which together form an assemblage of figures, creating a personal allegory, and expressesing their endless imagination.

 ‘the real luxury is that of having the opportunity to work on projects that make prototypes without having to meet the requirements of the industry.’ – fernando and humberto campana


‘settimio’ cabinet features a bamboo shell image © designboom


bamboo bronze detail image © designboom


the arrangement of the bamboo sticks allows light to cast itself within the cabinet image © designboom


‘torquinio’ sofa image © designboom


the sofa’s filigree gilt bronze frame depicts imagery of flora, musical instruments, heavenly figures… image © designboom


the pieces are molded in a roman workshop image © designboom


‘anhanguera’ sofa image © designboom


the figurines represented in each of the pieces also hold personal meaning to the brothers, making reference to their country of origin image © designboom


scenography of ‘barroco rococó’ – a low-lit space to emphasize the warmth of the bronze image © designboom


standing lamp image © designboom


pendant lamp image © designboom


the use of bamboo has a strong connection to the brothers who constructed huts from the material as children image © designboom


image © designboom


‘tritone’ candlestick draws influences from the twisted sculptural work of bernini image © designboom


‘chica’ table image © designboom


fernando and humberto campana portrait © designboom


general view of ‘barocco rococo’ photo © luc boegly


‘coetes’ cabinet photo © simona caleo


‘torquinio’ sofa photo © simona caleo


‘torquinio’ sofa (back view) photo © simona caleo


‘anhanguera’ sofa photo © simona caleo


‘anhanguera’ sofa (back view) photo © simona caleo


‘settimio’ cabinet photo © simona caleo


preparatory drawing for light, untitled © DR


preparatory drawing for sofa, untitled © DR

  • Hum… I don\’t think so…
    Too much art less design…

    Engenheiro Beltrão says:
  • that Torquinio sofa is kick-ass

    great pieces to be included as part of an over-all decor scheme

    dbkii says:
  • Yummy! Bran muffin, anyone?

    TL Minneapolis says:
  • Reminds me of Early Starck…maybe too much so…

    Chaszr says:

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