fernando + humberto campana interview fernando + humberto campana interview
jan 19, 2004

fernando + humberto campana interview

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…

 

 

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

 

 

do you read design magazines?

yes.

 

 

where do you get news from? newspapers?

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.

 

 

‘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.

 

 

‘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.

 

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 .

 

 

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    latest news