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Designer of the week

Zanini de Zanine for Coveted Magazine

Our friends from Coveted Magazine are in Miami and had a chance to meet an inspiring designer Zanini de Zanine during the Summit. Zanini has been elected as Designer of the Year for the first edition of Maison&Objet Americas.

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Zanini de Zanine grew up amongst legends of Brazilian Design, such as his own father, the famous Brazilian architect José Zanini Caldas. He spent his days in his father’s workshop and became familiar with craftsmanship.

I love the smell of wood, it’s texture, it’s all very familiar to me.

For Zanini it was a great honour to have won the Maison&Objet prize that was already gave to great names such as Tom Dixon, Philippe Starck or Campana. Zanini thinks that the prize can be an opportunity to make some new projects that will challenge him in the interior design field.


Becoming a designer was a natural process for him, and the environment in which he grew up continues to inspire him in one of his most recent projects: the re-edition of iconic pieces of mid-century modern Brazilian influential designers.

The designer lived in France and made a retrospective exhibition with his father work at the Louvre. Zanini studied in a French school, his mother studied cinema and he loves French culture.


Zanini Told Coveted that Brazilian manufacturers give the opportunity to designers do new things and that Amilcar Castro, an important sculptor and friends with Zanini’s father, inspired the creation of a stool of his collection. Another inspiration is the vintage office chairs that his father draw in the 50’s and that chairs can be found at Espasso gallery. His father also had an important role in the Brazilian industrialization process. Some of those pieces are now sold for Sothebies e Christies. Besides his father Aida Buau and Jaime Lernio are other Brazilian designers from the 70’s and the 80’s that also inspire him.


At Studio Zanini  they are also working on some interior design projects, for example, a 20’s palace in Brazil, a project that will be finished in 2016.

The awarded designer talked about Gustavo Betencour and Rodrigo Ambrosio has an example in the new generation of Brazilian designers. Zanini thinks that is necessary to have the eternal need to do better and that his father always taught him to leave the comfort zone.

These days people want to see the individuality of things. Seek your own identity, locally.  Zanini said.

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