At every edition of the Maison&Objet there is a designer awarded as the Designer of the year. This year this 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 the tradeshow positioning.
Maison&Objet Americas has chosen the Brazilian designer Zanini de Zanine as the first Designer of the Year 2015. This award is an integral part of the DNA of M&O 2015, and an essential first step in providing a solid cultural context for the inaugural fair that will take place in Miami Beach.
Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1978, Zanini de Zanine studied industrial design. Being the son of the designer-architect José Zanine Caldas, who collaborated most notably with Oscar Niemeyer, Zanini grew up in an atmosphere illuminated with architecture, design and even sculpture.
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.
Many collaborations include Poltrona Frau, Cappellini, Slamp and Tolix, while his work has appeared in cultural institutions like New York’s Museum of Arts and Design (MAD). It can also be found in books, magazines, trade journals and newspapers, and seen in exhibitions in Brazil and abroad.
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Miami Design Events: from 12th to 15th of May, the city of Miami will be the place where all the interior design stakeholders will focus on.
The upcoming Maison&Objet Americas 2015 will be the major design event, but not the only one. In celebration of Maison&Objet Americas, there will be a profusion of additional activities in various locations in and around Miami Beach, the Design District, and Ironside.
Today we bring you the first look at these Miami design events. Let’s meet them!
The combined presentation of the Designer of the Year and the Rising Talents awards will take place at an event at Frank Gehry’s breathtaking New World Center on May 13th, 2015 before an audience of design, media, and real estate elite.
Many areas, museums, and galleries will be creating pop-up displays to celebrate Maison&Objet Americas, and fairgoers will also receive free admission to the museums. Committed to date are The Perez Art Museum, Wolfsonian /FIU, MOCA, Lowe Art Museum, and the Bass Museum.
In coordination with the Miami Design District, many of the showrooms in the area will be hosting their own special programming with cocktails. The streets of the district will be bustling as everyone enjoys the multitude of first class offerings. The evening will culminate with a cocktail party on the newly completed promenade in the Design District.
This hot new area will be hosting cocktail parties, special events and lectures from top designers during the fair. On the evening of Friday, May 15th will be hosted several events, including a performance by the forerunners of wall design creating on the spot and a soiree with all the showrooms opening their doors with live jazz, french flair cuisine and specialty cocktails.
The Maison&Objet Americas 2015 will be for sure a hit! Don’t miss the chance to enjoy the greatest Miami Design Events during May.
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