Knoll: A Modernist Universe by Brian Lutz, Rizzoli New York, 2010
Campana Brothers by Rizzoli New York & Albion London, 2010
For those that already know the Campana Brothers and for those with only a peripheral or passing passion for design who should know their iconic furniture by sight such as the seating made from stuffed toys or the sushi series of furniture made from rolled and colorful fabrics, The Campana Brothers, Complete Works (so far) is a hefty 300+ page, gorgeous, thoughtful and thought provoking book. What’s interesting about this highly anticipated monograph is how the energy and playfulness of the brothers comes through on the printed page… And with availability in 3 colors with a stitched cover only adding to the experience. With detailed information on proto-types, one-offs, visits to the secluded Sao Paulo studio and a mood board of their inspirations, the Complete works so far presents a comprehensive and intimate portrait of the brothers
Knoll: A Modernist Universe
A great counterpoint to the Brazilian bravado and heat of the Brothers Campana is another Rizzoli title – Knoll: A Modernist Universe. Essentially credited with bringing European modernist design to America, the husband and wife team of Hans and Florence Knoll found a receptive and newly wealthy consumer market in post-WWII American suburbia and growing corporate culture for the Bauhaus ideals of Mies Van der Rohe, Breuer and more while continuing to nurture talents from around the globe. Mixed in with images of the iconic furnishings are intimate photos of Hans and Florence, which place a face on the empire, as well as advertising and catalogue graphics throughout the company’s history which are all so damn cool.
Though Campana and Knoll may be out of reach for many to have in your apartment or home, at least the 2 can be side by side on your bookshelf.