Brazilian designer Zanini de Zanine has just been named Designer of the Year 2015 by Maison & Objets 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 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.
Zanini de Zanine was announced as the first Designer of the Year for the inaugural Maison & Objet Americas, launching in Miami Beach in May 2015. As Michael Reynold’s shares with Wallpaper* magazine his photo diary of Design Miami and Art Basel Miami Beach 2014, amid his selections is the Vazada armchair, by Zanini de Zanine, shown at the exhibition Em Trânsito at The Shore Club, organized by ESPASSO. Check out Reynold’s entire photo diary here.
In February 2014 Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld won the architecture competition for the site around the Eislaufverein (ice-skating association) in Vienna, Austria, and became the subject of an animated discussion. Following the announcement of the competition Architekturzentrum Wien will present the work of the prize-winner to the public with the exhibition A to Z. The World of Isay Weinfeld. The exhibition illustrates Weinfeld’s impressive and dynamic practice, that considers every aspect and detail of his projects, be it a doorbell, door handle or the edifice itself, with the same attention. “I always try to design everything in my profession: if I design a house, I design the interiors, the bell, everything. I see architecture as a whole thing, as if I was an art director. The idea expresses my wish to design from the beginning of life to the end.” Continue reading
Carlos Motta‘s São Paulo atelier is located in the lively São Paulo neighborhood of Vila Madalena, a trendy center where many bars, restaurants and shops open and close, reflecting the dynamism of the city. This was not the case 30 years ago when Motta first moved to the area, then desolate and industrial, to open his furniture atelier. This week’s GNT Fashion interviews Motta about his atelier in Vila Madalena and his sustainable design production, which utilizes reclaimed woods to creates most of his unique furniture. “I don’t need to cut down a tree. They are either reclaimed or FSC-Certified (Forest Stewardship Council). A world forest council; they oversee that the manner in which wood is taken from nature, for our use, is in the most correct way.” Check out video here.
On view through May, 2015 is the exhibition Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities, at MoMA, NY, curated by Portuguese architect Pedro Gadanho. The exhibition foresees social and economical concerns of urban centers, challenged by overpopulation, scarcity of resources and the inequality of current urban development. “In 2030, the world’s population will be a staggering eight billion people. Of these, two-thirds will live in cities. Most will be poor. With limited resources, this uneven growth will be one of the greatest challenges faced by societies across the globe. Over the next years, city authorities, urban planners and designers, economists, and many others will have to join forces to avoid major social and economic catastrophes, working together to ensure these expanding megacities will remain habitable. To engage this international debate, Uneven Growth brings together six interdisciplinary teams of researchers and practitioners to examine new architectural possibilities for six global metropolises: Hong Kong, Istanbul, Lagos, Mumbai, New York, and Rio de Janeiro.”
Jorge Zalszupin‘s classic JZ tea trolley, originally designed in the 1950’s, was included in this month’s issue of House & Garden UK on their feature Party Carts. The JZ tea trolley re-edition is made from native Brazilian Imbuia wood and steel, hand-crafted at Etel Interiores in São Paulo. The JZ combines modernist lines with ludic elements, exemplary of mid-century Brazilian design.
Images of the lively opening of ESPASSO’s Em Trânsito exhibition, co-hosted by Wallpaper* and The Shore Club.
Amid the ever-growing buzz of Miami during fair season, ESPASSO’s presentation Em Trânsito, at the Shore Club, captivated the scene with never before seen Brazilian design. Exhibited pieces included new re-editions by Sergio Rodrigues, Jorge Zalszupin and Oscar Niemeyer as well as limited editions by Carlos Motta, Claudia Moreira Salles, Etel Carmona, Fernando Mendes and Zanini de Zanine. The effervescent opening and after-party brought many of the exhibited Brazilian designers to Miami, such as Motta, Isay Weinfeld, Salles, Carmona, Mendes and Zanine, as well as a diverse guest list that included co-hosts Carlos Junqueira of ESPASSO, Wallpaper’s Tony Chambers and The Shore Club’s Ziel Feldman, artists Marina Abramovic and Leah Singer, Dave Macklovitc – lead singer and guitarist of Chromeo, DJ Obi Tawil, Osklen’s Oskar Metsavah and Rogerio Fasano, among others. Check more about Em Trânsito here.
“We could never pass up a trip to Brazil, especially if it’s by way of Miami during the Floridian city’s annual design and art extravaganza. Like so many in the creative community, the New York-based Brazilian furniture gallery Espasso has decamped to tropical climes for the week and it has not come empty-handed. Espasso is presenting Em Trânsito, an exhibition honouring the innovative vibrancy of contemporary Brazilian design. Installed in the all-white, three storey penthouse suite of the iconic Shore Club Hotel in South Beach, the richness of the furniture pieces on display could not be more palpable…” by Pei-Ru Keh for Wallpaper*. Read more here.