New York gallery Friedman Benda, which specialises in artistic design, dedicated its Hybridism show in September to the latest creations of Brazilian brothers, Fernando and Humberto Campana. A series of designs where some of their classic styles, such as the crocodile shapes, make a return, mixed with primitive wood structures, covered in woven rope to create seats, and asymmetrical armchairs covered in python skin. The tightly woven rope in brown or spring meadow green, is the major theme in a series of chairs, supported on bunches of Amazonian wood branches, or by groups of animals, such as dogs, sheep and goats cast in bronze, with heads emerging from the seat backs to add an unexpected, decorative touch to the design. The poetic style of Fernando and Humberto is enriched with flashes of baroque, and inspired, once again by the wild nature of Brazil. It is a brand new figurative Baroque style that softens the decadent swirls and gold, with reiterations of naturalistic references. Once again, the brothers are able to astound us, dipping into the repertoire of their homeland which they consider, as they never tire of repeating, the first and fundamental inspiration of their creativity. Their latest pieces, especially the small, hand-carved wooden consoles, are supported by a tangle of animals, revealing the singular hallmark of an expressive figure that has no reference in the traditional repertoire of styles.
Courtesy of Friedman Benda and Estudio Campana
Photography by Dan Kukla