The Campana Brothers, Waddesdon 2010

World-famous Humberto (left) and Fernando from Brazil make designs from waste – this chandelier is discarded Venetian glass.

Barbara writes:
An impressive glass-installation in a new stables gallery showed the work of the Campanas at the wonderful Waddesdon Manor, built like a French chateau. This piece is called Broken Dreams and is a stitched together collage of broken reject pieces from the workshops of Venini, the famous Murano glass works.The brothers started making furniture in 1984 from rubbish collected from around their home Sao Paulo city in South East Brazil. They had to wait into the new millennium to get famous, but then became international stars. They've always been close, though there is eight years between them. They've been adopted by the art world, but told me that was unintentional. They are more concerned with ideas for re-using materials, and for socially-responsible design. And they see their work almost as fantasy. "We want to touch the heart, touch the emotions, invoke fantasy, and make substantial a dream."