Campana Brothers Select: Works from the Permanent Collection

Trans… chair

  • Designed by Fernando and Humberto Campana (Brazilian, b. 1961, b. 1953)
    Made by Estudio Campana. Brazil, 2007
    Iron structure, wicker, plastic and rubber found objects
    Commissioned from the designers by Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, 2007-46-1
    Photo: Andrew Garn

  • The Campana Brothers’ TransPlastic collection tells a fictional story: In a world made of plastic, synthetic matter eventually becomes a fertile ground for transgenic creations. Natural fibers recover the plastic material as in an immunological response; nature grows from the plastic and overpowers it. This conceptual collection reflects the Campanas’ preference for juxtaposing contrasting materials and manipulating the scale of domestic furniture. The series treats the natural fiber as clothing or a prosthetic addition, transforming the furniture’s original shape with organically shaped extensions.

    The Trans… chair, which the Campanas created specifically for this exhibition, takes inspiration from an imaginary battle between nature and plastic. The chair expels plastic elements such as cleaning product bottles and small tires in an attempt to become one hundred percent natural. Natural matter finally neutralizes the plastic, eliminating any remaining plastic elements.

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The above tags were provided by the Campana Brothers as an alternative way of organizing the objects in the exhibition.