Humberto Campana. Photo credit Louis Vuitton/BFA.com, Joe Schildhorn

At Design Miami, We Found Your Future Sofa For Your Futuristic Home

The Campana brothers' Bomboca Sofa was a favorite at Louis Vuitton’s Objets Nomades pavilion at this week's Design Miami fair. Supported by Louis Vuitton.

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Dec 11 2017, 5:07pm

Humberto Campana. Photo credit Louis Vuitton/BFA.com, Joe Schildhorn

The sofa is bulbous, segmented like an alien blue raspberry. It’s actually a puzzle: each cushion can be removed, and their swollen, irregular shapes are nestled together by a hard shell. Named the Bomboca Sofa (a bomboca is a candy, the Brazilian cousin of the bon-bon), the piece was designed by Fernando and Humberto Campana and made its debut at Louis Vuitton’s Objets Nomades pavilion in the Design Miami fair this week. It’s a Rorschach blot in which one might see a “Birth of Venus”-esque mollusk, scuba gear, the translucent seaglass pebbles found in aquariums, a knobby deep-sea fish.

Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades pavilion at Design Miami. Photo credit Louis Vuitton/BFA.com, Joe Schildhorn

The Campana brothers’ creations tend to be fanciful, and this deliciously weird sofa is no exception: having the couch in your living room would, I imagine, feel similar to having an extra pet. Their designs are also often inspired by Brazilian natural materials and craft methods. “We lived a childhood surrounded by nature and that’s what brought us to design,” the brothers told Designboom in a 2015 interview. They recall seeing movies in the evening and, the next morning, recreating the sets in bamboo; this game was a precursor to their playful and craft-based practice. In their wickedly funny 2007 Transplastics collection, wicker shells woven from a Brazilian fiber called Apuí devour plastic chairs. More recently, they sheathed a São Paulo house in palm fiber, giving it the rough, furry exterior of a coconut.

The Objets Nomades pavilion also presented new work by Atelier Oï: a hanging loveseat with a bentwood frame and a series of lamps made from twisted strips of colored leather.

Spiral Lamps by Atelier Oï, with designer Aurel Aebi. Photo credit Louis Vuitton/BFA.com, Joe Schildhorn

Also on view were Patricia Urquiola’s Palaver Chair, India Mahdavi’s Talisman Table, and Marcel Wanders’s Diamond Modules.

Talisman Table by India Mahdavi and Palaver Chair by Patricia Urquiola. Photo credit Louis Vuitton/BFA.com, Joe Schildhorn