Fernando Campana, Humberto Campana Vermelha Chair 1993

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Made of iron, aluminum, and cord, the Vermelha Chair was inspired by materials and traditions of Brazilian weaving. Thread was intertwined to form the ropes, which were then hand-woven into upholstery. “We always say that first comes the material, then the form, and finally we elaborate the function of the product by studying its ergonomics, limitations, and capabilities,” explained Fernando and Humberto Campana, brothers and design partners. “The streets of São Paulo are a sort of laboratory for our designs. Whenever we need inspiration, we rely on the chaos and beauty of the city we live in.”

The brothers purchased a large bunch of rope from a street stall and brought it back to their studio. They carefully studied the chaotic shape that the construction of the ropes formed when piled on a table. “At that moment we both looked at each other and almost simultaneously remarked, this is the chair we want to build. It is a representation of Brazil in its beautiful chaos and deconstructiveness.”

Edra Mazzei, Pisa, Italy
Iron with epoxy coating, aluminum, and cord
31 x 29 1/8 x 22 3/4" (78.7 x 74 x 57.8 cm)
Gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros
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© 2024 Fernando Campana and Humberto Campana
Architecture and Design

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Exhibition history

The Museum of Modern Art, New York. "Projects 66 Campana/Ingo Maurer" November 27, 1998-January 19, 1999.


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