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    Gabriela Campos

    Gabriela Campos

    1. Where were you born and where are you from ?

    I was born and raised in a small town in the countryside of Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, called Bom Jesus do Itabapoana, with approximately 30,000 inhabitants. When I was around 16 years old I moved to Rio de Janeiro to study architecture, and I’ve been living there since then.

    2. What is your first memory connected to the art world ?

    My first reference of art comes from my mother, who always painted and have a very strong connection with art as a whole. The first painting that comes to my mind is a reproduction that she made of a work by Tarsila do Amaral, called ‘Porto I”. Tarsila’s shapes and colors created roots on my mind and, coincidentally, it was by one of her paintings (“Abaporu”) when I did my first interpretation for design, which is today my most awarded piece.

    3. Have you always worked in the art/design field ?

    As an architect, I have always been closely connected to the creative aspects of projects as a whole. When creating architectural projects, I always liked to develop interior design and often customized and special pieces for each project. Over time, I started building a collection of pieces that caught the interest of other people. I realized how much joy and happiness it brought me to create something tangible and deliver it not only to a client but also to other homes and people. It created a very positive feeling for me.

    4. What led you to the design creation ?

    The art world has always influenced me greatly. It’s an area I’ve always immersed myself in. I’ve had a huge interest in studying artistic movements, their influences, artist, timelines, how they connect and relate. Through the Great Artists collection, I came up with the idea of interpreting works that I’ve always liked and that are important to me. And this not only connects me with what I like to do,  but also with my passion, which is art. And with that, it opened up an immense path ahead of me of infinite interpretations and content.

    5. How would you describe your creative process and it influences ?

    My creative process involves this study and the attempt to create a composition that not only references the art itself, but also the context / movement in which the artwork was created, seaking for a harmony (aesthetic and compositional) that dialogs with the art world.

    6. Could you describe a typical day of your work ?

    The creative part takes up much less of my work routine than I would like, as it is largely absorbed by the overall studio operation and caring for a young daughter. Therefore, throughout the year, I create a calendar that possibility my immersions, which include design trips, visits to fairs, exhibitions and design weeks in different countries and cultures. It is precisely from these immersions that allow me to connect with the world I love— encompassing art exhibitions, museums and cultural experiences—that I draw inspiration for new pieces and collections.

    7. Why did you choose the specific materials you work with ?

    I work primarily with two types of materials: lacquer finishing and marble. Through lacquer, I can replicate tones and create a color composition that I believe achieves an aesthetic result that I find very pleasing. The application of dusty tones in lacquer, along with an interpretation of the works that I engage with, is part of my signature. Marble brings a very interesting natural materiality of texture and elegance, a sense of nobility, which I think also reproduces in a compelling way what I want to transmit, what I want to express.

    8. What are the technical particularities of your creations ?

    In terms of technique, comes from practical architecture that was my reality for many years. So, understanding the technical foundation of support, usability and the function of the piece is something that comes to me naturally and more easily.

    9. What advices could you give to beginning artists who would like to create sculptural design works ?

    10. If your works had to belong to a design movement, in which one would you define it ?

    The geometric shapes of Art Deco, I would say, would be my main line of style.

    11. What designers and artists have influenced you ?

    One of my biggest references would be Sottsass, who was also an architect and creator of Memphis Style, which I identify with very strongly, it enchants me a lot. I think I also have a lot of influence from some modernists designers in Brazil, who are diverse and who bring a bit of Brazilianness, in the shapes and curves, such as Sérgio Rodrigues, Ricardo Fasanello and Jorge Zalszupin.

    12. What contemporary designers do you appreciate ?

    Cláudia Moreira Salles, Lucas Recchia, Cristina Celestino, Matthieu Lehanneur, Bohinc Studio would be the group I first think of that I deeply appreciate.

    13. What contemporary artists (in any kind of art) have you been inspired by ?

    Iole de Freitas, a brazilian artist who produces works that refer to her primarily background as a ballet dancer. Her pieces are extremely sensitive and, for me, translates her soul.  I love the lightness of Studio Drift, which for me also goes beyond the barrier of design by itself.

    14. If you had to summarize your creations in one word or sentence, what would it be ?

    Furniture inspired by art.

    Proust Questionnaire with very short answers (one or a few words) :
    (The Proust Questionnaire is a set of questions answered by the French writer Marcel Proust. Other historical figures who have answered confession albums are Oscar Wilde, Karl Marx, Arthur Conan Doyle, Stéphane Mallarmé, Paul Cézanne…)

    1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

    Breakfast in the beach with my family

    2. What is your greatest fear?

    Being alone

    3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

    Stubbornness

    4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?

    Treating others badly

    5. Which living person do you most admire?

    My husband

    6. What is your greatest extravagance?

    Collectible Furniture and Art

    7. What is your current state of mind?

    Peaceful

    8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

    My anxiety, which makes me act and always moving forward

    9. What is the quality you most like in a man ?

    Honesty

    10. What is the quality you most like in a woman ?

    Resilience

    11. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

    A brazilian sentence for “let’s move forward”

    12. Which talent would you most like to have?

    Painting

    13. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

    More easygoing

    14. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

    I feel I still have to achieve it

    15. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

    Myself again

    16. Where would you most like to live?

    Paris

    17. What is your most treasured possession?

    My family

    18. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

    No food

    19. What is your favorite occupation?

    Learn more about art, architecture and design

    20. What is your most marked characteristic?

    Calm and peaceful

    21. What do you most value in your friends?

    Happiness and good energy

    22. Who are your favorite writers?

    Ariano Suassuna, Jorge Amado

    23. Who is your hero of fiction?

    Harry Potter

    24. Which historical figure do you most identify with?

    Yves Saint Laurent, and his beautiful relationship with art

    25. Who are your heroes in real life?

    My mother

    26. What are your favorite names?

    Teresa, my daughter’s name

    27. What is it that you most dislike?

    Confrontation

    28. What is your greatest regret?

    Not having done an exchange program / lived outside Brazil.

    29. How would you like to die?

    In my sleep

    30. What is your motto?

    Always be a little kinder than necessary

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