See more objects with the tag interior, home, seating, loops, chairs, irregular, layers, rope, unexpected shapes.

Object Timeline



  • Work on this object began.


  • We acquired this object.

  • Work on this object ended.





  • You found it!

Vermelha Chair

This is a chair. It was designed by Fernando Campana and Humberto Campana and manufactured by EDRA. It is dated 2007 and we acquired it in 2007. Its medium is bent epoxy-coated steel, hand woven dyed cotton rope, aluminum. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Although Fernando Campana is an architect and his brother Humberto studied law, the Campana brothers have become one of the most important and innovative product design teams working today. Their use of materials, in particular, has been a hallmark of their design practice. Often evoking the rich street-market culture of their native Brazil, they utilize quotidian products in unexpected ways, such as the use of cord to create opulent pile upholstery in the Vermelha chair.

In conjunction with the Campana brothers’ 2008 Cooper-Hewitt exhibition, Campana Brothers Select: Works from the Permanent Collection, the curators are eager to acquire an example of their furniture design. The Vermelha chair would be the first Campana piece in the museum’s furniture collection. It would greatly enhance Cooper-Hewitt’s modern design holdings and would relate thematically to the brothers’ exhibition.

This object was donated by EDRA. It is credited Gift of Edra SpA, Italy.

  • Moss Lamp
  • silicone, plastic, metal.
  • Gift of Marlene Meyerson.
  • 2010-11-1
  • Honey-Pop Chair
  • layered paper, partially glued, cut, and fanned-open accordion style; seat....
  • Mueum purchase from Friends of Product Design and Decorative Arts Fund....
  • 2008-6-1
  • Up 1 Chair
  • molded polyurethane foam, stretch fabric upholstery.
  • Gift of the Estate of Frederick N. Babbish.
  • 1991-94-5

Our curators have highlighted 14 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Chair (USA)
  • maple, cord, cloth-covered metal.
  • Museum purchase from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund.
  • 1997-133-1

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 76.2 x 85.1 x 67.3 cm (30 x 33 1/2 x 26 1/2 in.)

Cite this object as

Vermelha Chair; Designed by Fernando Campana and Humberto Campana; Italy; bent epoxy-coated steel, hand woven dyed cotton rope, aluminum; H x W x D: 76.2 x 85.1 x 67.3 cm (30 x 33 1/2 x 26 1/2 in.); Gift of Edra SpA, Italy; 2007-39-1

We have 1 video that features Vermelha Chair.

Campana Brothers on the Vermelha Chair

Hear Fernando Campana speak about the process behind the iconic Vermelha chair, and how it was brought into semi-mass production despite the unusual weaving technique required to create it.

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions Making Design and Campana Brothers Select: Works from the Permanent Collection.

There are restrictions for re-using this image. For more information, visit the Smithsonian’s Terms of Use page.

For higher resolution or commercial use contact ArtResource.

If you would like to cite this object in a Wikipedia article please use the following template:

<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Vermelha Chair |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=1 October 2022 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>