ZANINI DE ZANINE

BORN 1978, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL. LIVES AND WORK IN RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

 

DUBBED DESIGNER OF THE YEAR BY MAISON & OBJETS AMERICAS AND LISTED IN WALLPAPER* MAGAZINE'S TOP 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL DESIGNERS, ZANINI DE ZANINE, 37, IS ALREADY A WELL-ESTABLISHED, ACCLAIMED DESIGNER, WHO RECENTLY CELEBRATED THE TENTH ANNIVERSAY OF HIS STUDIO. A GRADUATE IN INDUSTRIAL DESIGN FROM RIO’S CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY AND A FORMER ASSISTANT OF THE LEGENDARY SERGIO RODRIGUES,  ZANINI  HAD MUCH OF HIS DESIGN EDUCATION SHAPED BY HIS FATHER, THE GREAT BRAZILIAN ARCHITECT AND DESIGNER JOSÉ ZANINE CALDAS (1919-2001). A PIONEER OF INDUSTRIAL DESIGN AT THE END OF 1940’S, ZANINE CALDAS WOULD GO ON TO BECOME A MAJOR FIGURE OF BRASILIA’S CONSTRUCTION, ALONGSIDE LUCIO COSTA AND OSCAR NIEMEYER. IN THE 1960’S, HE BECAME A MUCH SOUGHT-AFTER ARCHITECT, PRAISED FOR HIS TROPICAL HOUSES MADE ENTIRELY IN WOOD - WHICH CAN STILL BE SEEN ON THE JOATINGA HEIGHTS IN WEST RIO. IN THE 1970’S, ZANINE FATHER MOVED BACK TO BAHIA AND RETURNED TO FURNITURE-MAKING. CONCERNED BY THE ESCALATING DEFORESTATION OF THE MATA ATLANTICA (’BAHIA’S RAINFOREST), HE STARTED TO CREATE  OVERSIZED, OUTSTANDING PIECES OUT OF RECLAIMED TIMBER, FELLED TREES AND DEMOLITION WOODS. THIS IS THE WORK THAT ZANINI DE ZANINE PERPETUATES TODAY IN HIS OWN PERSONAL WAY. ADDING A DISTINCTIVE CONTEMPORARY AESTHETIC - HIS FATHER FAVORED A CERTAIN RUSTICITY - WHILE MAINTAINING A DETERMINED CONCERN FOR SUSTAINABILITY, HE USES COLUMNS, BEAMS AND VESTIGES FROM COLONIAL HOUSES AND OLD FARMS THAT HE TURNS INTO RADICAL, CUTTING-EDGE SCULPTURAL FURNITURE.

ZANINI DE ZANINE I ANIL, 2012 I IPÊ I 60CM X 77CM X 76CM I EDITION OF 3

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ZANINI DE ZANINE I CEPÔ, 2016 I IPÊ I 69CM X 69CM X 90CM I UNIQUE PIECE

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ZANINI DE ZANINE I BANCO L, 2016 I IPÊ I 64CM X 53CM X 38CM I UNIQUE PIECE

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ZANINI DE ZANINE I ROLO, 2016 I IPÊ I 39CM X 46CM X 39CM I EDITION OF 8

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