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July 02, 2013

Monte Carlo Welcomes the Campana Brothers

By Ingrid Skjong | Art

Monte Carlo Welcomes the Campana Brothers
Fernando Laszlo

Two of the world’s most provocative designers are contributing their talents to a major celebration in Monte Carlo. Marking the 150th anniversary of the legendary Casino de Monte-Carlo—one of the principality’s most recognized landmarks—the exhibit “Dangerous Luxury” (July 6–20) will present a world preview of works by Brazilian designers and brothers Fernando and Humberto Campana.

Known for using recycled and unusual materials to create pieces with personality and irresistible texture—a chair made of stuffed animals; the well-known Favela chair made of pieces of recycled wood—the Campana brothers display a quirky, technical creativity. Shown at the casino’s Sporting d’Hiver, the exhibit originated in Paris at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and was extended especially for Monte Carlo, complete with new works.

The furnishings meld natural fibers from central Brazil with Art Deco–inspired European influences. Jewelry (called “forbidden jewels”) will be on view, blending bronze, gold and gems as well as pop items (toothbrushes, alligators) and more traditional motifs. And guests will also be able to view a series of sketches on loan from the artists, which will help to illuminate the siblings’ creative process even more.

"The name 'Dangerous Luxury' is ironic," says Humberto. "What is luxury today? It is mixing gold and diamonds with a very natural straw, a very banal material, to create another object. I think this is the key message of the exhibition. People need to have eyes to see hidden things, so we try to point out situations that are hidden and highlight them." July 6–20; Place du Casino, Sporting d’Hiver; montecarlosbm.com.

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