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1993

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Vermelha Chair, 2007

This is a chair. It was designed by Fernando Campana and Humberto Campana and manufactured by EDRA. It is dated 2007 and we acquired it in 2007. Its medium is bent epoxy-coated steel, hand woven dyed cotton rope, aluminum. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Although Fernando Campana is an architect and his brother Humberto studied law, the Campana brothers have become one of the most important and innovative product design teams working today. Their use of materials, in particular, has been a hallmark of their design practice. Often evoking the rich street-market culture of their native Brazil, they utilize quotidian products in unexpected ways, such as the use of cord to create opulent pile upholstery in the Vermelha chair.

In conjunction with the Campana brothers’ 2008 Cooper-Hewitt exhibition, Campana Brothers Select: Works from the Permanent Collection, the curators are eager to acquire an example of their furniture design. The Vermelha chair would be the first Campana piece in the museum’s furniture collection. It would greatly enhance Cooper-Hewitt’s modern design holdings and would relate thematically to the brothers’ exhibition.

This object was donated by EDRA. It is credited Gift of Edra SpA, Italy.

Our curators have highlighted 17 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Sandows No. 5 Side Chair, 1929
  • bent chromium-plated tubular steel, fiber, rubber.
  • Museum purchase through gift of Esme Usdan and from General Acquisitions....
  • 2006-17-1
This object has not been digitized yet.
  • Chair, Size 4, Scallop, 2016
  • shell: polypropylene; cushion: polyester and polyurethane; straps: polypropylene.
  • Gift of Convaid | R82.
  • s-e-2611

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 76.2 x 85.1 x 67.3 cm (30 x 33 1/2 x 26 1/2 in.)

Cite this object as

Vermelha Chair, 2007; Designed by Fernando Campana and Humberto Campana; Italy; bent epoxy-coated steel, hand woven dyed cotton rope, aluminum; H x W x D: 76.2 x 85.1 x 67.3 cm (30 x 33 1/2 x 26 1/2 in.); Gift of Edra SpA, Italy; 2007-39-1

We have 1 video that features Vermelha Chair, 2007.

Campana Brothers on the Vermelha Chair

Hear Fernando Campana speak about the process behind the iconic Vermelha chair, and how it was brought into semi-mass production despite the unusual weaving technique required to create it.

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions Making Design and Campana Brothers Select: Works from the Permanent Collection.

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