Creative Renaissance


June 13, 2017 | BY Young Lim

The Campana brothers' foray into private home design results in a characterful abode that showcases their knack for surprise

PTH_04012017-497.jpgEclectic combinations define the Campana Brothers’ first interior design project

Quirky, whimsical and wildly amazing are just some of the adjectives that have been used to describe the works of the Campana brothers. Always a highlight at international design fairs, the Brazilian duo, Fernando and Humberto, achieved success with their first solo exhibition in São Paulo in 1989. They then went on to create furniture, lighting, and homeware collections that are highly sought after by collectors and discerning homeowners. These range from the plush but veiny Grinza armchair for furniture brand Edra, to the Banquete chair made with stuffed toys, and a series of hand-blown glass chandeliers in a myriad of dazzling colours for Lasvit called the Candy collection.

PTH_04012017-499.jpgFor the owners, bringing the outside in was paramount

Known for their playful take on conventional household items, the designers produce works that blur the lines between form, function, and art to surprising effect. So it was a leap of faith when homeowners Solange Ricoy, founder and CEO of Alexandria Group, and Stefano Zunino approached them to design their house from the ground up.

While the Campana studio boasts an interior design portfolio featuring recently completed projects such as Hôtel Lutetia in Paris, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and their very own Campana café in the French Musée d’Orsay, this is its very first private residence undertaking.

PTH_04012017-501.jpgThe custom-built leatherbound bookcase serves more than its practical purpose—it is also a sculptural highlight

Home Run

The property in São Paulo’s upmarket Jardim Paulista vicinity sits on a long, narrow plot of land the owners had acquired over seven years ago, but it was 15 years ago that they had moved to São Paulo and befriended the designers, acquiring from them several pieces, including a cardboard table, a Labirinto bookshelf, and custom-made bar and stools. For Zunino, CEO for Latin America and worldwide head of digital with advertising firm J Walter Thompson, commissioning the brothers to take on the home project was significant as they could express the Brazilian lifestyle and culture through their work.

PTH_04012017-502.jpgThe designer brothers Fernando and Humberto Campana

“Privacy is of utmost importance to the family so we needed a facade that would prevent passersby from looking in. Yet it was also essential that the home remained airy, with a cross-ventilation of natural breeze leading into the back garden,” Ricoy explains. This would allow the family, including the  couple’s sons Niccoló, Costantino, and Matteo, and daughter Benedetta, to enjoy the best of outdoor and indoor living.

PTH_04012017-504.jpgWhile the pair had experimented with piassava palm fibre in previous projects, this was the first time they used the material for the façade of a private home

The couple’s other requirement was a multi-levelled bookcase as a focal highlight of the home. “It had to be large enough to accommodate 1,000 titles,” Ricoy says.

Long and Short of it

With the land being a mere 14-metre-wide, the designers’ concept had to optimise the available space. “This home design became an exercise in volume, light, and functionality,” Humberto says.

PTH_04012017-505.jpgThe focal piece of the living room is a gigantic silver mirror with cloud-like layers

At the same time, the brothers were careful not to deck the home interiors with too much of their own furniture designs. “It would’ve been very dictatorial if we had done that,” Fernando says. “It’s not a Campana showroom.”

The result of their creative genius is a fourstorey abode, designed to capture maximum sunlight. Style-wise, it took the studio some time to come to an agreement with the homeowners on what the final look should be.

PTH_04012017-508.jpgEach bathroom features a central colour—one in scarlet, the other blue, and the last copper

“There was the favela style, then Brazilian Baroque, and then we came back to a simple, very South American tropical look, which is the Campanas’ style, with hints of Italian design,” Ricoy says. “It’s a fusion that reflects us: my husband is Italian, and I am Argentine.”

Read more in the latest volume of Philippine Tatler Homes, available in all leading newsstands and bookstores and downloadable via Zinio, Magzter, and Pressreader.

Words by Young Lim | Photography by Leonardo Finotti | Additional Photos Courtesy of Estudio Campana

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