About the Designer: Instituto Campana

Founded in 2009 by Fernando and Humberto Campana, the mission of the Instituto Campana is to preserve the legacy of the Campana Brothers, using design as a transformation tool through social and educational programs. The private non-profit civil association achieves this objective through partnerships with national and foreign institutions, companies, organizations and public and private entities.
One of the main attributes of the Campana Brothers work is the inspiration on traditional handcraft techniques from different parts of Brazil and the world. It was precisely the proximity to different realities that triggered the initial impulse to create an organization with three main work areas.
First the revival of artisan techniques that encompass traditional dying out artisan skills and the artistic concepts and techniques developed by the Campana brothers. “When we collaborate with craftsman, we rescue traditions, promote a métier and increase their self-esteem. This exchange also enhances us as professionals and brings a fresh look to our production”, states Humberto Campana.
Second, the development of social inclusion and education as a means to improve peoples’ lives through the creation of art and design educational programs as well as lectures and exhibits from the Institute collection and others.
If the Campana Brothers work raises a series of criticism to our current society – industrialization, massification, inequality, the Instituto Campana was devised to institutionalize the duo universe and promote objects that stimulate social intervention through a design perspective. “The Institute was created with the purpose of spreading our universe – vision and language – through the dissemination of our collection and the promotion of cultural and educational activities. Life has granted us so much, now it is our turn to reciprocate”, concludes Fernando Campana.
Last, to maintain and preserve the collection and the memory of the brothers, to share their knowledge in design, architecture and arts with future generations. The safekeeping and preservation of the Campana artwork and files is part of that work. The collection comprises finished pieces, prototypes, raw materials, documents, photographs and publications of their creations, as well as other essential objects that tell the history of the artists’ trajectory since their premiere in 1983.

About the Product: Tijolos Vases / Aliança de Misericórdia

The Aliança de Misericórdia Community, located in Piracicaba, in the state of São Paulo, receives homeless men from all over Brazil to help them rebuild their lives. The Instituto Campana started an educational and professional collaboration with the association, fostered by Fernando and Humberto Campana, in 2017.

Initially, the Campana Brothers promoted workshops to encourage the participants to work with materials predominantly available in the city. Thus, the collection Tijolo (Brick) was devised with vases and fruit bowls made of clay bricks that have not gone through the drying process. Different shapes and textures are created based on the standard structure of the brick.

About the Product: Cobogó / Divina Terra

Fernando and Humberto Campana, through the Instituto Campana, started a partnership with Divina Terra after their visit to the coating company in Turmalina, in 2016.

Impressed by the recent environmental disaster in Minas Gerais, the designers decided to create a brick for this Project, the cobogó, whose internal design represents the shape of a hand, as a symbol of the tragedies caused in the state.

Entitled “Mão” (Hand), the cobogó is the result of natural materials alchemy, which uses three different types of clay, conveying more resistance to the piece. The intention was to integrate the mud from Mariana to the mix, but unfortunately it was impossible because it interferes with the quality of the product due to the high mineral content, which made it brittle. Each brick is 20cm-high, 20cm-long and 7cm-wide.

In the last years the Campana brothers explored the cobogó in their furniture and later, in architecture projects. It is a totally Brazilian element, created by three engineers, (Amadeu Coimbra, Ernest Boeckmann and Antônio de Góis) who named the piece after their surnames initials. Cobogó bricks may be used in different scales and contexts, highlighting mainly light diffusion and air circulation.

Part of the sales revenue is forwarded to the social activities conducted by the Instituto Campana.
About Divina Terra
Founded in 2013, in Turmalina, Minas Gerais, Divina Terra aims at the sustainable and handcrafted production of ceramic and wooden pieces. Design and sustainability are aligned to the use of raw material and waste from the Grupo Emilia Cordeiro companies, to which it belongs, to create new products. Rooted in the Vale do Jequinhonha, Divina Terra bases its work in the ability of local man to transform mud and wood into craft. It is a modern exponent of local culture that praises its land and creativity and transforms raw materials in exclusive, unique coatings, with sophisticated handicraft design. www.divinaterra.com.br

About the Product: Teddy Bears / Orientavida

The NGO Orientavida has developed the project “Income Generation” 18 years ago to provide education, professional training, insertion and retention of vulnerable women in the market place through handicraft. Seven years ago the project established a partnership with Instituto Campana, supported by Fernando and Humberto, to develop products for commercialization. Among the products there are cards and embroidery made by the interns of the Female Penitentiary of Tremembé, based on a drawing by the Campana brothers; and crocodile and teddy bears sewn by artisans from Vale do Paraíba, which are also used in the designers furniture collection named Banquete. Both artisan productions are held in the state of São Paulo.

About the Product: Iluminated Portraits

The Campana Brothers in collaboration with Instituto Campana and Institute of Researches and Technology and Innovation (IPTI), designed the ceiling lamps Portrait Iluminated. The pieces were embroideres by artisans from Association of Embroiderers from Entremontes – Alagoas – and the Cooperative of Embroiderers from Sitios Novos – Sergipe located in the Northeast of Brazil.

Also: BlackPower, Estrela Collection / Projeto Arrastão (not in Berlin)

The Project Arrastão and the Instituto Campana started a partnership in 2015, after a visit and lecture by Humberto Campana in the headquarters of Arrastão in Campo Limpo. That same year, Humberto conducted a workshop with Arrastão youngsters to stimulate creativity in the production of objects contemplating recycling, transformation and reinvention. The material used were pairs of jeans given to Arrastão by a fashion company. During the workshop the youngsters developed a few paths using jeans in furniture and objects. Fernando and Humberto made a curatorship of the works and improved the objects for over a year. The result of the work were the collections: BlackPower (bench), MultiPocket (high stool, low stool and table cloth), Estrela (Star – cushion).

Also: Miniaturas Desconfortáveis Collection (not in Berlin)

The Miniatures collection celebrates the 35th anniversary of the work of Fernando and Humberto Campana. The miniatures are versions of ten iron chairs from the Desconfortáveis collection (1989), the first signed by the designers and still considered one of their most emblematic creations. The edition is limited and its income will go towards Instituto Campana projects, which use design as a tool of social transformation.

This is a limited edition collection of 100 for each piece.