Fernando Campana and Humberto Campana - Disruptors: Evening Sale of 20th Century & Contemporary Art, Design and Watches Hong Kong Thursday, May 25, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Friedman Benda, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2019

  • Catalogue Essay

    This limited edition ‘Bolotas’ armchair is a striking work of contemporary design, rooted in its designers’ ethos. Created in 2015 by the renowned Brazilian design duo Fernando and Humberto Campana, it is a perfect example of the brothers' unique style, which combines traditional craftsmanship with innovative materials and techniques.

    The Estudio Campana explain that “the ‘Bolotas’ collection (2015) was initially inspired by stone walls, but the name came from the first prototype that was soft and round like an acorn (‘bolotas' in Portuguese).” This remarkable work is in fact made from pillows of sheep skin wool with a tactile and inviting surface, making it a delight to sit in. The elegant feet that support it are made of resilient Brazilian ipe wood.

    The Campana brothers are known for their unconventional design language, which often involves incorporating found objects, recycled or organic materials into their designs. Their style is heavily influenced by their Brazilian heritage, as well as their interest in the natural world. The Estudio’s work features captivating shapes, patterns and materials that have a tangible quality as seen in this striking armchair.

    Phillips would like to thank Daniel Kini of Estudio Campana for his assistance cataloguing the present lot.


'Bolotas' armchair

wool, ipe
85 x 110 x 105 cm. (33 1/2 x 43 1/4 x 41 3/8 in.)
Executed in 2015. Number 5 from the edition of 8 plus 4 artists' proofs and 2 prototypes. Underside with label stitched CAMPANA/Bolotas Armchair Grey/5 / 8 +4AP.

HK$120,000 - 180,000 

Sold for HK$165,100

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Disruptors: Evening Sale of 20th Century & Contemporary Art, Design and Watches

Hong Kong Auction 25 May 2023