Zanini de Zanine
October 23-December 18, 2009
Opening Reception: October 23, 2009 6-9pm
NOHO Modern is proud to present the work of Brazilian artist and designer Zanini de Zanine Caldas. The exhibition will open October 23, 2009 and will run through December 18. An opening reception will be held on October 23 from 6-9 pm at 6162 Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood. All works in the exhibition have been executed within the last four years in Rio de Janeiro. This is the first major exhibition for Zanini in the United States, and his largest worldwide to date.
"Zanini's work is a breath of fresh air in a world of new art design that has become infamous for high prices, false claims to ecological sensitivity, shabby quality and dysfunctionality. His work has a beauty and quality that is evident even upon meticulous inspection," states co-owner Thomas Hayes. "Zanini continues the important ecologically-conscious tradition that his father began," adds co-owner Jeremy Petty. "He uses only reclaimed materials for all his sculptures and furniture, and he never compromises his artistic ideals by finding an inherently beautiful piece of wood, sanding it, and calling it a table. You can actually see the hand of the artist in his work, as he releases the chair or table from the trunk or the stump of a tree."
Zanini de Zanine was born in 1978 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His childhood was spent with his father, the great Brazilian architect and designer José Zanine Caldas. Zanini was exposed to working with wood before learning to walk, and under the tutelage of his father, developed a keen sense of artistry. Zanini was in essence raised to be a furniture designer; he has been committed to this pursuit his entire life. In 2002 Zanini received his degree in Industrial Design from Pontifíca Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RIO), and in the following year opened his own atelier producing furniture and sculptures made out of the finest exotic hardwoods which are painstakingly salvaged, sometimes from his father's architectural work. His talent for design and his appreciation for craftsmanship has led him to success early in his career and afforded him the opportunity to meet and work with some of the most respected names in Brazilian architecture and design, including Lúcio Costa, Sergio Rodrigues, and Sergio Bernardes. Sergio Rodrigues pays homage to Zanini: "Zanini de Zanine inherited all the artistic and artisanal qualities in addition to his moral and ethical virtues from his father. Zanininho, as I call him, served as an apprentice but collaborated with me like a veteran designer in my studio. All of his...designs contrasted with his humility."
Zanini de Zanine's Work
The Exhibition & Opening Reception
Zanini de Zanine was born in 1978 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and spent most of his childhood with his father, the great Brazilian architect and designer José Zanine Caldas. Zanini was exposed to working with wood at a young age and, under the tutelage of his father, developed a keen sense of artistry. His talent for design and his appreciation for craftsmanship have led him to success early in his career and given him the opportunity to meet and work with some of the most respected names in Brazilian architecture and design, including Lúcio Costa, Sergio Bernardes, and an apprenticeship with Sergio Rodrigues.
In 2002 Zanini de Zanine graduated from the Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RIO) with a degree in Industrial Design, and in the following year, opened his own atelier producing furniture and sculptures made out of the highest quality salvaged exotic woods. He is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards in Brazil including the Prize Artefacto in 2008 in Sao Paulo. Zanini de Zanine has also taken part in numerous exhibitions in Brazil, as well as several abroad including the International Design Biennial in Saint- Etienne, France in 2004 and 2006 and has also led workshops, such as the Ècole d’ Art Visuel de la Martinique, in the Caribbean in 2007.
2000 - 2001 Apprenticeship under Sergio Rodrigues
1978 - 2000 Trained under his father, Jose Zanine Caldas
2009 First Place Salao Design (Bento Goncalves, Brazil)
2009 First Place XXI ARC DESIGN, New Brazilian Talent (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
2008 Honorable Mention for de Museu da Casa Brasileira (Sao Paulo,Brazil)
2008 First Place Planeta Casa-casa Claudia ( Sao Paulo, Brazil)
2008 Selected for Bienal International de Saint-Etienne (France)
2007 Led “Mobilier-Detournement,” a 10 day workshop on furniture design at
L`Ecole d`Art Visuel de la Martinique (Martinique)
2009 NOHO Modern (Los Angeles, California)
2007 Mercado Moderno (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
2009 Brasil e Cosi (Milan, Italy)
2009 Casa Cor (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Essays by NOHO Modern Owners Thomas Hayes and Jeremy Petty
As the sons of our fathers, we all feel the weight of their accomplishments and expectations, and we derive our identity from either their influence or their absence. That weight has certainly defined my life, and I saw at once that this was also the case with Zanini. His father is lauded as one of the three masters of Brazilian modernist design (the other two being Joaquim Tenreiro and of course Sergio Rodrigues). Being born of him, named after him, and raised by him to be a furniture designer is a great gift, but Zanini’s struggle is not with this; he is at peace and ease with being an artist and designer. He has such profound respect for his father and his work that every decision in designing is aimed at two goals. The first is to respect the standards his father set about how to do things with the highest level of mastery, and the second is to create pieces markedly different from his father’s work, pieces that could never be confused with them. He feels, as I do, that his father’s work is completely unique and set apart from all who have followed, and Zanini himself does not wish to tarnish that.
Thomas M. Hayes