Renowned Brazilian design duo Fernando Campana and Humberto Campana, the Campana Brothers, widely known for crafting elitist products using the ordinary ‘waste’ materials, and transforming everyday objects, has now created the limited edition Anhanguera sofa. Defined to be very deceptive, this classical looking sofa is actually a part of the Campana Brothers’ Brazilian Baroque collection, which was commissioned by Galleria O in Rome last year as an exercise in re-imagining the extraordinary Roman Baroque period. This $193,000 Anhanguera sofa, which Fernando Campana describes to be completely animated sofa boasting an alligator on top of spider, the spider on top of a toothbrush, comes crafted in Mongolian lamb girded by ribbons of baroque bronze sculpture. And, it can be seen at the gallery Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris, which is hosting the Campana Brothers’ Barroco Rococó, an exhibition of eclectic, exuberant and iconoclastic designs by design duo, until 24th Feb.
Interestingly, the Campana Brothers’ has collaborated with Rome-based artisans to cast the bronze ornaments that add to the lively appearance of the limited edition Anhanguera sofa. And, the sofa’s name comes from the ‘Anhanguera,’ a road which links Saõ Paulo to Brotas, the Brazilian town where the Campana brothers grew up.
Notably, each piece of furniture is like a little cabinet of curiosities, as the design-duo assembled disparate elements in a kind of contemporary archaeology.
Additionally, some of the other notable designs from the Campana Brothers’ Brazilian Baroque collection include the charming pole Lacoste, which is crammed with crocodiles, the surreal fruit Corallo chair Nazareth which consists of dolls and arms made in partnership with Bernardaud porcelain factory.
The creators used Carrara marble, bronze skin and Mongolia to craft these designs.