Over the last 30 years, Fernando and Humberto Campana -- commonly known as the Campana brothers
-- have become two of Brazil's most famous and celebrated contemporary designers.
Taking inspiration from Brazil's diverse urban and rural landscapes (they were born in the Sao Paulo countryside, and are now based in the city center), as well as the works of Brazilian architects Oscar Niemeyer and Roberto Burle Marx, they create eclectic high-end furniture from common materials. (Think stuffed animals, wood and brass.)
Fernando (R) and Humberto Campana Credit: FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
"We work with hybrid experiences, memories, materials," says Fernando, the younger of the two. "We are storytellers. We represent our surroundings."
The Campana Brothers' "Bolotas" armchair Credit: Courtesy Estudio Campana/Photo by Fernando Laszlo
While they have collaborated with international brands like Lacoste and Louis Vuitton, and exhibited at some of the world's most renowned museums and galleries, the Campanas brothers remain steadfastly loyal to their roots, and supporting the local communities that make their work possible.
Inside the Campana Brothers' Ocean collection, on view at Carpenters Workshop Gallery in Paris Credit: Courtesy Carpenters Workshop Gallery
"I think designers today also have a political job to do: In the 21st century, it's a designer's job to be able to help others by working with a community or craftswomen," says Humberto. "It's not about yourself. It's not about individuality, but the collective. That is a fundamental tool for designers today."
Watch the video above for a look inside "Portraits Illuminated," their most recent exhibition at the Brazilian Crafts Reference Center in Rio de Janeiro.