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Kaws Campana Design Miami

Kaws and Campanas collaborate on pink and black soft-toy chairs

Brazilian designers Humberto and Fernando Campana have created limited-edition versions of their signature soft-toy seats using designs by American artist Kaws.

Presented at this week's Design Miami fair by New York gallery Friedman Benda, the Kaws x Campana collaboration includes two armchairs and a sofa with seats and backs made from soft toys.

These plush characters are recognisable as cartoon figures used frequently by Kaws, who "draws inspiration and appropriates from pop culture animations to form a unique artistic vocabulary across various mediums", according to the gallery.

His style can also be seen in murals he created on New York basketball courts, and a retrospective of his work that took place in Shanghai last year.

Kaws Campana Design Miami

The chairs are also immediately identifiable as part of the furniture series that the Campana brothers have been adding to for over a decade.

For each design, the São Paulo-based duo combines sets of soft toys – from generic animals to icons like Mickey Mouse – into giant cushions to be sat on. The Campanas are renowned for using unusual, and often found, materials to create sculptural furniture pieces – with examples including rope and doormats.

The cuddly toys are secured to a supporting structure, which also attaches to simple legs.

This set includes an armchair and a sofa formed from pink figures, and another seat made with black toys that also have round blush noses. All have wooden legs, with the darker design's painted to match.

Kaws Campana Design Miami

Kaws and the Campanas have previously created a prototype of the chair with bright blue characters, which is in the collection at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Kaws Campana Design Miami

The new pieces are on show as part of the Friedman Benda booth at Design Miami, 19th and Meridian Streets, Miami Beach, 5-9 December 2018.

The fair forms part of the annual Miami art week, which has grown up around the Art Basel fair, and now includes hundreds of exhibitions and parties across the city. See Dezeen's pick of the shows to check out.