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Antibodies. The Works of Fernando and Humberto Campana 1989 – 2009 / Vitra Design Museum / part 2/2

This is the second part of our coverage of the retrospective exhibition Antibodies. The Works of Fernando & Humberto Campana 1989 – 2009 at the Vitra Design Museum. In this video, the curator of the exhibition, Mathias Schwarz-Clauss talks about the Campana brother’s approach to design, how their work differs from that of other designers and how the exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum came about.

For our interview with Fernando and Humberto Campana click here.

Antibodies. The Works of Fernando & Humberto Campana 1989 – 2009. Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein / Germany. Media Conference, May 15, 2009. The exhibition runs until February 28, 2009.

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Antibodies. The Works of Fernando and Humberto Campana 1989 – 2009 / Vitra Design Museum / part 1/2

After our interview with the Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana at Design Miami in December 2008 we now had the opportunity to have a closer look at the works of the two brothers. The Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein near Basel presents an exhibition called Antibodies (Antikörper) that spans 20 years of collaboration between Fernando and Humberto Campana – from the first sculptures up to the interdisciplinary works of today. The retrospective emphasizes the artistic working method and explains how the works take shape, based on prototypes, experiments and one-off pieces.

Humberto Campana (born in 1953) and his brother (born in 1961) are recognized as the most significant designers in present-day Latin America. They have worked together as furniture designers in Sao Paulo since 1989. Humberto came to the partnership as a self-taught artist with a degree in law while Fernando had been trained as an architect. Campana works such as the Favela and the Vermela armchairs, the Plastico Bolha easy chair made of bubble wrap became icons of contemporary design.

VernissageTV spoke with the curator of the exhibition, Mathias Schwarz-Clauss. In the first video of this 2-episode segment, Mathias Schwarz-Clauss, an art and design historian, talks about the two designers and how they work together and the concept of this major retrospective at the Vitra Design Museum.

For our interview with Fernando and Humberto Campana click here.

Antibodies. The Works of Fernando & Humberto Campana 1989 – 2009. Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein / Germany. Media Conference, May 15, 2009. The exhibition runs until February 28, 2009.

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Interview with Fernando and Humberto Campana / Part 2/2

In the second part of the interview with the Campana brothers, Humberto and Fernando Campana, talk about their backgrounds, how they work together, why they admire Oscar Niemeyer, what they would love to design that they haven’t yet, and future projects. This video also features images of the installation they created for Design Miami 2008, entitled Diamantina, an evolution of their TransPlastic series. Fernando and Humberto Campana explain:

This project grows out of the TransPlastic series, where we have sought the purity of form inspired by grottos and caves. It is our own journey to the center of earth, like Jules Verne’s book. Complementing this idea, Diamantina is built in a way that the seats are sculpted along the form creating a new mode of comfort and interaction. Proposing a more subtle connection, it is a more meditative kind of experiment.

The inspiration for the name alludes to the precious stones incrusted into the piece, and is also the name of a small town in the central part of Brazil. There, all different kinds of stones and crystals are sold like candy on the street markets. The city is ugly and seems as if it was lost in time, continuing to live quietly on the heart of Brazil. By its mixture of materials, both poor by the wicker and precious by the combination with the natural amethyst, as the city, Diamantina piece evokes the same sensation of long forgotten poetry.

Fernando and Humberto Campana have been working together since the mid-1980s. Scheduled for Summer 2009, the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein near Basel is preparing a retrospective called Antibodies. Works by Fernando & Humberto Campana 1989 – 2009 (the exhibition opens on the 16th May, 2009). The vernissage will take place on the 10th June 2009 (first day of Art Basel) with a Brazilian party at the Vitra Campus.

Interview with Fernando and Humberto Campana, part 1/2. Design Miami 2008. December 2, 2008.

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Interview with Fernando and Humberto Campana / part 1/2

At the 2008 edition of the design fair Design Miami, the Brazilian designers Humberto and Fernando Campana received the Designer of the Year Award. In keeping with Design Miami tradition, the Campana brothers created an installation for the fair.
VernissageTV spoke with Humberto and Fernando Campana at the HSBC VIP lounge, which they also designed. In the first part of the interview, the Campana brothers talk about their design philosophy, how they were influenced by their home country Brazil, and the topics that play an important part in their design practice.

Humberto and Fernando Campana were born in 1953 and 1961. They have different backgrounds: Humbeto was trained in law, Fernando in architecture. They began began designing furniture together in the mid-1980s. Inspired by their home city São Paolo, they have been combining high and low tech processes and using “poor” materials. Their designs have been manufactured by leading Italian companies, including Edra, Alessi and Cappellini.

Interview with Fernando and Humberto Campana, part 1/2. Design Miami 2008. December 2, 2008.

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Nature Design / Museum of Design Zurich

“Nature Design – From Inspiration to Innovation” at the Museum für Gestaltung in Zürich / Switzerland presents more than 500 objects and projects that are inspired by nature. The visitor will find works by over 150 artists and designers, among them: Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Fernando & Humberto Campana, Richard Hutten, Ross Lovegrove, Karim Rashid, Marc Newson, Zaha Hadid, and Herzog & de Meuron. The video includes an interview with Angeli Sachs, the curator of the exhibition. Opening reception of the exhibition “Nature Design” (August 10 – December 2, 2007), Museum of Design Zurich, August 9, 2007. The publication on the exhibition is available via the museum’s e-shop in English and German.

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