With the first edition of Maison & Objet Americas in Miami, the M&O Americas board announced the designer of the year 2015. The personality was chosen with the overriding priority of providing an opening to both Americas, an ambition that forms an integral part of the DNA of Maison & Objet Americas’s positioning.
Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1978, Zanini de Zanine remained in his hometown to study industrial design at the Catholic Institute. The son of the designer architect José Zanine Caldas, who collaborated most notably with Oscar Niemeyer, he grew up watching his father working on architectural, sculpture and design projects.
He says of his father who like many of the great architects of the 20th century was an autodidact, “He always told me to place high value on my own culture, as well as to learn to interpret it then vehicle it through my work. To move beyond my comfort zone.” Zanini received his Masters degree in industrial design from the Puc-Rio University in 2002, and shortly after decided to launch a production of massive wooden pieces. The interesting part is that the material came entirely from construction demolition sites. He also developed a range of industrial furniture made from sustainable wood, and from other materials like plastic, methacrylate or metal.
Through the creation of Studio Zanini in 2011, he brought together office, research lab and showroom together to represent the multifaceted universe of the designer. Three important aspects of design are emphasized: conception, production, distribution.
For more info about the Designer of the Year 2015 to Maison & Objet Americas, click here to read the official press release.