fernando + humberto campana interview

humberto and fernando campana© designboom



we met femando & humberto campana in cologne on january 19, 2004.



femando (F:) & humberto (H:) campana are answering /



what is the best moment of the day?

when we swim in the morning.



what kind of music do you listen to at the moment?

brazillian music.



do you listen to the radio?

no radio… we don’t like the pubilicity..



what books do you have on your bedside table?

a bible…



fernando + humberto campana interview

left: humberto and fernando campana© designboomright: campana’ s ideal house in cologne 2004



do you read design magazines?




where do you get news from? newspapers?




do you notice how women are dressing?

do you have any preferences?H: I like women who dress simple, and have a sense of simplicity.



what kind of clothes do you avoid wearing?

H: a tuxedo…F: I don’t like to wear exaggerated clothing.



fernando + humberto campana interview

‘sushi fruit ‘ bowl, manufactured by studio campana, 2002photo andrés otero



do you have any pets?

H: I have 3 irish setters…F: a boxer that stays in my mother’s house.



when you were a child, did you want to become a designer?

F: me? an astronaut. H: I wanted to be a native indian…



where do you work on your designs and projects?

mostly in our studio, the back part of the studio.



who would you like to design something for?

a garden… to have a possibility to work on an outside project.



fernando + humberto campana interview

‘anemona’ chair, manufactured by edra, 2000photo andrés otero 



do you discuss your work with architects and designers?

we discuss with some brazilian designers, sometimes we talk about our projects… giving opinions and getting feedbacks.



describe your style, like a good friend of yours would describe it.

very organic,very intensive, and its very emotional… to bring dreams to people, to bring what people have been fed up with daily life, to bring some joys and ironies to people.



can you describe an evolution in your work from your first projects


to the present day?

H: I was a lawyer before, but I gave up and began working with hands… my brother helped and inspired me when I was working with sculpture, metal, and jewellery and so it started to change… F: I had brought functionality into his sculptures, and I think he became more maturein his works… furniture is about function, and comfort and I guess it is interesting to work with the designs, and especially materials which play an important role to us. … I think we need to be contradictive… I don’t like to follow the rules, and I think we need to break the rules, to be free/break the boundaries.


fernando + humberto campana interview

left: ‘bolas’ children chair, manufactured by bozart, 2002

center: ‘azul’ chair , manufactured by edra, 1993photo andrés otero

right: ‘bamboo acrylic’ manufactured by studio campana, 2000 photo andrés otero



is there any designer and/or architect ,

you appreciate a lot? oscar niemayer, … he is a visionaire.



and those still working?

shigeru ban, frank gehry, rem koolhaas, renzo piano, so many…



any advice for the young ?

to learn from their mistakes, to get out and investigate.



on the news they said that italians are afraid of unemployment,


criminality and pollution. what are you afraid of regarding


the future?

violence, and afraid of very arrogant people .



fernando + humberto campana interview