Forget the forthcoming FIFA World Cup…at least for the moment.
Brazil was a fulcrum at this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week, three days of feasts and festivities by international design firms hosting insatiable design fans and fiends during 20-22 May 2014 in London. And the Campana brothers, Brazil’s celebrity design duo, became the centre of attention.
Exclusively created chairs, stools, sofas, and other furniture by Sao Paulo-born Humberto and Fernando Campana were on show at The Crypt of the Order of St John, a former church converted into an exhibition venue for high-end craft in London’s design district Clerkenwell. They were part of an exhibition by edra, the Italian furniture manufacturer, and its London retail showroom the .IT All About Design.
The creations by the Campana brothers (see pictures below), including Corallo, Jenette, Cake Stool and Banquete Dolphins in Leather, are virtually expensive works of art designed to be talking points in any room and decadent magnets to collectors with money. The Cake Stool alone was picked up for US$31,000-plus at auction last year.
Alternatively, as an edra spokesperson explained, they are extraordinarily smooth and soft to touch and comfortable to sit on. This is due to the manufacturing techniques, which sees each seat built by hand with soft toys, leather, pieces of wood, strings of wool, from the ground up (as opposed to using upholstery to cover solid chair-shaped metal or wooden frames).
More on the Campana brothers’ work and edra here.
Banquete Dolphins in Leather (by Campana Brothers)
Banquete Dolphins in Leather (detail)
Cake Stool (by Campana Brothers)
Cake Stool (detail)
Grinza (by Campana Brothers)
Corallo (by Campana Brothers)
Favela (by Campana Brothers)
Leather Works (by Campana Brothers)
Leather Works (detail)
Jenette (by Campana Brothers)
Also check out Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW), which featured a host of design delights and yummy sights for sore eyes.
CDW’s own magical Yellow Brick Road was the multi-coloured Tile Mile, an infinity mirror installation by Russ + Henshaw and Turkish Ceramics at the St John’s Gate arches in Clerkenwell
And for some original heritage antique design…