2017 marked ESPASSO’s 15th year promoting the best of Brazilian design in the United States.
Due to a consist increase in demand for Brazilian design in Florida, ESPASSO felt it was time to expand its Miami gallery.
In the first week of December, ESPASSO celebrated the special milestone and the official re-opening of its newly expanded Ironside location with a brunch where designers Arthur Casas, Rodrigo Ohtake and Ronald Sasson were present to present their exclusive new pieces.
Our special thanks to the Consulate General of Brazil in Miami for their support with the event.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art has officially accepted the “Prisma” stool by Brazilian designer Zanini de Zanine. The piece, gifted to the museum by Espasso, is now part of the PMA’s modern furniture permanent collection.
Design Currents exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be presenting the work of three contemporary designers — Brazilian Zanini de Zanine, Oki Sato of Tokyo, and Faye Toogood of London — who deftly use handcrafted and industrial materials and techniques to create functional yet deeply expressive objects.
Design Currents will be open from November 19, 2016 – March 12, 2017, so be sure to schedule a quick trip to the museum for the unique chance of seeing it in person.
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.
Zanini de Zanine opened the doors of his atelier for the current issue of Monocle, revealing his methodology, materials and processes of choice and his intrinsic relation to wood, due to his growing up watching his father, seminal furniture designer and woodworker José Zanine Caldas, bring some of the most seminal pieces in Brazilian design to life.
New York Magazine’s October 28th issue highlights Zanini de Zanine‘s Espasso armchair in their Best Bets column. Designed exclusively for ESPASSO, the Espasso armchair finds an innovative silhouette in a comfortable and functional design. Made in NY, the Espasso armchair is exemplary of Zanine’s forward-thinking and clean approach.
Design and architecture curator and writer Consuelo Cornelsen spotlights the ingenious works of Brazilian furniture designer Zanini de Zanine in the current issue of the trimestral lifestyle magazine One. Contextualizing Zanini’s work to that of his father José Zanine Caldas’ pioneering carpentry, Cornelsen identifies the legacy carried through and also hails Zanini to be a key voice representing the new generation of Brazilian designers.
Check out images of Zanini de Zanine‘s solo exhibition and of the lively opening that took place last Thursday at ESPASSO NY. The exhibition marks the introduction of Zanine’s masterful work to the ESPASSO collection as two new pieces designed by Zanine were launched: the sharp Espasso armchair, he designed exclusively for the occasion, and the candle holder Escoras, manufactured by esteemed home accessories brand Riva. During the opening an insightful talk between Zanine, award-winner designer Paula Dib and architect and activist Edgard Gouveia Jr., took place, focusing on contemporary cultural productions that engage in a social and/or ecological approach. The talk was mediated by Paulo Lima, as part of the Trip Transformadores initiative.
ESPASSO is pleased to announce the opening of the first major New York exhibition by noted furniture designer Zanini de Zanine. The show will also feature works by his late father José Zanini Caldas, a seminal name in Brazilian 20th Century design, marking the first time in the US or abroad, furniture by both designers will be exhibited together.
The exhibit will launch two new pieces designed by Zanine, the ESPASSO Armchair and Escoras candle holder, as the Anil and Tiss chairs will be shown for the first time outside of Brazil. The exhibit will also feature original works by his father Caldas – pieces sculpted out of solid woods – along with re-editions of his 1950’s iconic industrialized line.