The fratelli Campana are returning to Rome to unveil a new collection over two years. Notturno 1 & 2 will demonstrate, if still necessary, how complimentary Humberto and Fernando are.
You may think you know Humberto and Fernando Campana and their distinctive signature in the design world but few are really aware that the brothers grew apart and only started to work together at a rather late stage. Their experiences, although opposite, have revealed themselves to be complimentary and they have flowed into a common poetry which is fuelled by fantasy and playfulness.
The brothers love to create bonds between differing codes uniting thought and matter, imagination and reality. They love to immerse, explore and experiment.
For the Rome gallery Giustini/Stagetti, they have created a 2-fold collection which first part is unveiled today: Notturno #1 (October 2018) and the second one Notturno #2 next year.
The first part is composed of two collections, respectively titled ‘Bacteria’ and ‘Morbido’. The emphasis the geometrical and volumetric virtuosity of the drawings made by the designers.
A geometric plant, based on a dry and instinctive mark operated on flat two-dimensional surfaces characterizes, for example, both the 'Bacteria' rug, created in collaboration with Nodus (Milan) - made in hand-knotted wool and banana silk - and the ‘Bacteria’ lamps, the new series of lighting fixtures made in perforated brass sheets. On the other hand, rounded, welcoming and somehow zoomorphic geometries characterize the 'Abbraccio' armchair (hero picture) from the ‘Morbido’ collection (which translates into morbid in English and Portuguese). Here, the assembly and overlapping of heterogeneous elements - recurring in the production and aesthetics of the Campana brothers - takes on a new, extremely essential and abstract aspect, to enhance the idea of a wraparound object and to celebrate the primitive value of the sense of touch.
Notturno I opens today until Saturday November, 24th, 2018 at Galleria Giustini/Stagetti in Rome.