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Café by the Campana brothers: design goes on stage at the Theatro Municipal in São Paulo

| Designbest editorial staff


If we had to name two people who play a major role in the vibrant and innovative world of Brazilian design, our choice would undoubtedly fall upon the Campana brothers. Humberto and Fernando live and work in São Paulo and it’s precisely by visiting their native town that you could come across one of their most important interior design projects: the restaurant – café of the Theatro Municipal.

The extraordinary building, which houses the Orquestra Sinfônica Municipal, was built in 1911 and restored in its centenary. And if at that time in history, the pro-European Brazilian bourgeoisie wanted a theatre inspired by the Paris Opéra, the 2011 refurbishment gave life to a new space. This corner has a style, which is at the same time original, independent and in harmony with the surrounding architecture of the Second Empire.

The café is an extraordinary space with large arched windows, columns, frescoes and decorative motifs. The Campana brothers have furnished it  with velvet upholstered chairs, which recall bygone eras, and mirrored surfaces, which multiply views of the room. The bar has a curved silhouette and a reflectant golden top; this echoes the beauty of the ornate ceiling. The same is true for the coffee tables, with deconstructed legs made from stacks of golden solids. And finally, on the wall behind the bar, a large mirror brakes up in spilt planes the opposite glass facade.

Therefore, each piece appears to have been chosen because it discretely synthesizes the refinement of the building with a modern vibe, made of free-flowing lines and infinite potential. Moreover, pay attention to the Sushi carpet outside the café, also by the Campana brothers: it’s delightful the way in which it dialogues with the surrounding splendour.

A piece of advice? Pick a night in the calendar of the Theatro Municipal in São Paulo, get there early, have a bight to eat or a drink and then enjoy the vibe of this unique place.


Praça Ramos de Azevedo, s/n - República
São Paulo - SP, 01037-010, Brazil
Tel: +5511 3053 2092/2093

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