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Of Amethysts and Alligators: Campana Brothers Debut Exotic ‘Concepts’


An installation view of “Campana Brothers: Concepts,” on view through July 3 at Friedman Benda.

New York’s Friedman Benda has been temporarily transformed from a white cube into a moody, tobacco-hued chamber–a backdrop that evokes art deco treasures rather than the gallery’s typical twenty-first century prototypes. Visitors are greeted by a brass buffet comprised of square panels filled with vortices of bent metal, like the sprightly cousin of a Paul Evans console. But take a closer look: the walls aren’t paneled in silk or leather but nubby coconut fiber, and that buffet’s checkerboard of metallic explosions calls to mind a certain Alessi fruit bowl. This is the latest work of the Campana Brothers, who, after three decades of working together, could coast for three more on their greatest hits and Brazilian charm. Instead, they’ve challenged themselves with a selection of exotic new materials–including constellations of Sao Paulo-sourced amethysts and the skin of an ancient fish unique to South American waters–and craft techniques.

“It’s important for us to keep the traditions that are disappearing but at the same time give them more modernity,” said Humberto Campana (the older of the two by eight years) last week, as he and Fernando led a group of journalists through the Friedman Benda exhibition, the brothers’ first solo gallery show in the United States. He sidled up to their new “Racket” collection (pictured), which includes a chair with a hand-stitched motif made from leftover Thonet chair backings. “The guy we work with who weaves with straw, it was a matter of helping him understand what we’re doing–this idea of weaving with leftovers. It’s to reinvent the traditions that may otherwise die.” Added Fernando, “And instead of making traditional weaving with straw, we decided to make it with nylon string.”
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Design Miami Opening Night

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Switching gears from the South Beach scene of Wednesday night, we found ourselves last night in the inland Design District, where familiar faces and serious fun made us feel right at home.

After a stop at the OLPC party, we witnessed the VIP rope drop at the Design Miami preview, where a swell of eager design groupies swarmed into the Moore Building. With that scene a little too, um, eager, for our tastes, we had more fun getting lost in the blocks nearby…

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The driving forces behind Design Miami: the unbelievably gorgeous Amber Medda, and the equally dapper Craig Robins.

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That handsome man facing the camera is Murray Moss, standing in his satellite store.

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This place totally blew! The Campana Brothers, Constantin Boym and Paul Haigh all blowing glass live throughout the night.

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The soothing Light Showers by Yoshiko Sato and Michael Morris (that’s Tania Ketenjian soaking up the experience; she’s doing a piece on the “As Long as it Lasts…” tattoo parlor for “Studio 360″).

Countdown to Moss Angeles

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We are, right now, holding in our hot little hands this six-paneled invitation–white and black, of course–heralding a fact we uncovered ourselves a few months ago but were told to keep quiet about: Murray Moss and Franklin Getchell are opening their second Moss store here in LA on Thursday. (Friday for non-invitation-holding peeps).

The disappointingly subdued opening will include such ho-hum entertainment as a hanging garden of eighteen Swarovski chandeliers by Georg Baldele, limited-edition pieces by the Campana Brothers and Tord Boontje, and a vintage Steinway baby grand which is to be played and burned by Maarten Baas. We know, yawn.

In the meantime, read up on Moss the man in this nice piece by Vanity Fair from a few months ago. Party report and photos to follow, but don’t worry: We promise not to touch anything.