Early Favela Chair by Fernando and Humberto Campana for Edra, Italy, 2003
Early Favela Chair by Fernando and Humberto Campana for Edra, Italy, 2003

Favela Armchair

Humberto Campana was born in 1953 in Rio Claro, So Paulo, Brazil, and Fernando Campana were born in 1961 in Brotas, So Paulo, Brazil. They began designing products together in 1983, using waste, wood scraps, cardboard, rope, and other materials. The Nucleon Gallery in So Paulo hosted their first solo exhibition, “Desconfortáveis” (“Uncomfortables”), in 1989. They were asked to present the artwork “Cadeira Vermelha” (“Red Chair” 1993-1998), a structure constructed of woven metal and 300 metres of rope, at the Milan Furniture Fair in 1998. Following that, their work began to gain traction, and they were invited to exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, becoming the first Brazilian artists to do so.

They began working with various companies after that, including Edra, Fontana Arte, Venini, Vitra, Melissa, and Tok&Stok. For their artwork “Mesa Inflável,” Humberto and Fernando received the 1st Award of the Brazilian Association of Furniture Industry in the Residencial Furniture category in 1997. (“Inflatable Table”). They went on to win Designer of the Year at Design Miami (2008) and Designer of the Year at Maison & Object in Paris the following year (2012). Their work is currently exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munique, and the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris, among others. They now reside in So Paulo, where Studio Campana is located.

It is currently on display at the Oscar Niemeyer Museum in Brazil.


Title: Favela Armchair
Creator: Humberto Campana, Fernando Campana
Date created: 2003, 2003
Physical Dimensions: 72x67x74 cm


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