Zanini de Zanine | Moeda Chair, 2010 | Stainless steel
Zanini de Zanine
Zanini de Zanine

Zanini de Zanine

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1978; lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

My parents taught me at a young age to value my Brazilian heritage through encounters with Brazilian culture. I conduct research and apply age-old techniques of traditional Brazilian carpentry in my work, a legacy from my father. I regularly work with hand tools such as the adz, chisel, and bucksaw, and the wood I use mostly comes from old homes, now demolished, or farms built decades ago. Certain species of wood are of great beauty and strength: ipê tobacco, peroba do campo, maçaranduba, gonçalo alves, roxinho, and the rare and noble jacarandá. I work with six highly skilled carpenters making one-of-a-kind pieces or in a limited quantity owing to the scarcity of these types of wood. I also inherited a healthy curiosity from my father, and this lead me to work with other materials such as plastic, methacrylate, upholstery, stainless steel, COR-TEN steel, and glass. I experiment with new technologies, such as injection materials, all the while looking for rich textures and colors that excite me. Another aspect of my work is the subversive reuse of objects and materials. Brazil’s large indigent population has learned to improvise and recycle in fantastic ways, and I try to portray their efforts with integrity. In fact, my goal is to present the range of positive features along with the defects found in this vast and curious country known as Brazil.

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