Humberto and Fernando Campana, ‘Vermelha Chair’, 1993/1998, Watermill Center Summer Benefit Auction 2016

From rubber hoses to stuffed alligator toys, the Campana Brothers utilize a wide variety of materials to create mid-century modern designs inspired by Brazilian street life. A veritable “homage to chaos,” the Vermelha Chair (1993/1998) required intense manual labor to assemble its five hundred meters of rope into a randomized weave that is both unusual and comfortably padded. The Campanas have exhibited their designs internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and The Stedelijk Museum Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands.

Manufacturer: Edra

About Humberto and Fernando Campana

The Campana brothers are famed Brazilian furniture designers. Most celebrated for their design of the Vermelha chair—an iconic piece handmade from a huge length of rope, wrapped and woven to create the chair’s nest-like structure. “The Vermelha chair is an homage to chaos,” says Humberto. “It’s a portrait of Brazil, a melting pot of culture and races...and I try to manifest this idea into a kind of chair that is chaotic in its very construction.” The chair was the first piece of work exhibited by Brazilians at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Their studio continues to produce and develop furniture made from ordinary everyday materials that have been discarded, such as rope, fabric, wood, cardboard, plastic tubes, and aluminum wire.

Brazilian, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil