Madejski Garden Installation by the Campana Brothers

The Campana Brothers with their Vitoria Regis stools, designed in 2002

20 July–14 October 2007

During the summer of 2007 the Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana transformed the John Madejski Garden with a unique installation exploring the use of bamboo, a material often featured in their work. The installation also included a new outdoor edition of their ‘Vitoria Regia’ seats, specially designed to mark the V&A’s 150th anniversary. First designed in 2002, these were inspired by the giant water lilies found in the Amazon and named in Queen Victoria’s honour.

The Campana brothers have been working with ordinary, commonplace materials, bright colours and mixed media since 1983. Based in Sao Paulo, and working in partnership with local communities, factories and design companies, Estudio Campana is constantly exploring new possibilities in furniture making.

In 1998 they exhibited at MoMA, New York. Curated by Paola Antonelli, 'Project 66' was their first international show in tandem with Ingo Maurer. In the same year they sealed their first partnership with Edra, in Italy, with the Vermelha Chair. They have several pieces in the permanent collections of MoMA, New York, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany.

(Courtesy of Albion Gallery - V&A Commission)

The celebrated Brazilian design duo, the Campana Brothers, with their special commission in the John Madejski Garden
The celebrated Brazilian design duo, the Campana Brothers, with their special commission in the John Madejski Garden
The celebrated Brazilian design duo, the Campana Brothers, with their special commission in the John Madejski Garden.
The celebrated Brazilian design duo, the Campana Brothers, with their special commission in the John Madejski Garden.
The Campana Brothers with a new outdoor edition of their 'Vitoria Regia' stools, specially designed to mark the V&A's 150th anniversary.
The Campana Brothers with a new outdoor edition of their 'Vitoria Regia' stools, specially designed to mark the V&A's 150th anniversary.

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