Humberto Campana Gussies Up Two Louis Vuitton Hits as Art Objects

“A mirror is an invitation to go inside another world,” says the Brazilian design star Humberto Campana, whose fantastical work (most of it made in collaboration with his late brother, Fernando) has long transported imaginations. At the time of our conversation, he was referring specifically to the silvery finish he’s chosen for two new additions to Louis Vuitton’s Objets Nomades series. Debuted during Milan Design Week in April, the special editions reinterpret past hits as art objects in honor of the collection’s 10-year anniversary. Adds Campana of their reflective surfaces, “It feels celebratory, like a party.”

2023 special edition silver Cocoon Chair.

Photo: Philippe Lacombe/Courtesy of Louis Vuitton.

When the Campana Brothers first created their now iconic Cocoon chair in 2015, the hanging seat (inspired by Brazil’s liana vines) was made of vacuum-molded fiberglass sheathed in fine leather. The new version reimagines that “homage to nature” in 10,000 mirrored tiles, glistening like a disco ball. The brothers’ delightfully bulbous 2017 Bomboca sofa, meanwhile, has always featured removable cushions inspired by bonbons. “A box of chocolates is very sculptural, very beautiful,” muses Campana. “It contains a memory of childhood.” Now the sofa has received the glam treatment—its overall form realized in resin, then sprayed with metallic paint.

Humberto Campana, photographed with his Bomboca sofa for Louis Vuitton’s Objets Nomades collection (AD, 2017).

Photo: Matthieu Salvaing 

Reminiscing on his decade-long collaboration with Louis Vuitton, Campana notes: “We’ve become like a family. We share the same DNA.” As he explains, he and the French luxury house remain united by a common cause. “We’re both trying to preserve traditions that are disappearing—the hand on the object, the love that goes into making something that will not disappear but will be passed from generation to generation.”

Limited to batches of eight, the 2023 iterations elevate the Campana Brothers’ functional pieces into the realm of fine sculpture. “Our work has always been this bridge between art and design,” explains Campana, who cautions that neither special edition is meant for sitting—though the brave might attempt to do so, he notes mischievously, “long enough to take a selfie.” 

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