Brazilian designer Zanini de Zanine has just been named Designer of the Year 2015 by Maison et Objet Americas. Born in 1978, Zanini is the son of seminal architect and designer José Zanini Caldas, who worked with Oscar Niemeyer and Lúcio Costa, learning and observing first hand the carpentry and design of his father. Zanini also trained with Sergio Rodrigues in the late 1990’s, and completed his industrial design degree, from the Puc-Rio University, in 2002. Over the years his furniture has gone on to be exhibited at major shows in Milan, London, Brussels and Los Angeles. The Museu Oscar Niemeyer and Mercado Moderno in Brazil have recently featured a 10-year retrospective of his work, as Zanini continues to win numerous international awards, and featured on the . Zanini (designer of the year 2015 by Maison et Objet Americas) recently has also organized exhibits focusing on modern design for Berlin’s Zeitlos Gallery and Lisbon’s Museum of Fashion and Design and had a solo exhibition at ESPASSO, NY, in the fall of 2013, where he showcased both industrialized pieces, such as his Moeda armchair, and hand-crafted solid wood limited editions, as well as launching the Espasso armchair, designed and sold exclusively at ESPASSO.
This is why Maison et Objet Americas as given Zanini de Zanine title of Designer of the year:
From 2005 he worked on a new range of industrial furniture made from wood of controlled origin and other materials such as plastic, methracrylate or metal. From then on, Zanini de Zanine received the most prestigious design prizes in Brazil and throughout the world. IF Award and IDEA/Brasil are a few examples.
In 2011, he created studio Zanini, bringing together the different creative worlds of the designer (studio, office, laboratory, showroom), thus enabling him to develop his projects from A to Z.
In anticipation of the great renewal of the port area of Rio de Janeiro, and the changes in the urban and social dynamic of the city initiated by the Olympic Games of 2016, studio Zanini is counting on this opportunity for its development.
Among his many collaborations are those with Poltrona Frau, Cappellini, Slamp, and Tolix.
Recently he showed his work at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and he will be taking part in Milan Design Week again in 2015.
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