Firma Casa and the Campana Brothers Debut New Collection at Design Miami

A new, limited-edition collection brings the iconic Sao Paulo institution to the design fair for the first time.

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Since its 2005 inception, Design Miami has marched to a samba beat. Furniture by Joaquim Tenreiro and other masters of Brazilian modernism regularly populate the annual event, while unsung heroes and newcomers like Lina Bo Bardi and Zanini de Zanine have gained a foothold among collectors scouring the design fair and its satellite exhibits. 

But one major player in Brazilian material culture has been notably missing from this pulsating scene: São Paulo gallery Firma Casa, which launched that city into the design world’s consciousness in 1994 by introducing residents to the work of global designers. Firma Casa’s opening also ushered in a new era of local creativity, as founder Sonia Diniz Bernardini is credited with discovering Fernando and Humberto Campana—the brothers whom Design Miami anointed as 2008 Designer of the Year. 

Firma Casa remedies its absence when it debuts at the fair next Tuesday, becoming the first Brazilian gallery to hang its shingle inside the tent. To mark both occasions, Firma Casa will unveil Cangaço, an exclusive collection of limited-edition furniture that the Campanas produced with master craftsman Espedito Seleiro. The five wicker and leather pieces, almost lifelike in form and exuberantly hued, will disabuse casual observers of the notion that Brazilian design merely rehashes European forms with a tropical bent. Even Campana aficionados will feel unsure of their footing, as they detect a reverence for regional expression that the duo usually subverts. But then again, there’s a first for everything.

Design Miami runs December 2–6, adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center; Meridian Ave. & 19th St.; miami2015.designmiami.comFirma Casa is located at Al. Gabriel Monteiro da Silva, 1487; 11/3385-9595; firmacasa.com.br.