ESPASSO unveils exclusive, limited edition furniture by Zanini de Zanine


Espasso, premier specialists in modern Brazilian furniture, art and design objects, have introduced a new, limited edition furniture collection by designer Zanini de Zanine to the UK for the first time, as part of this year’s London Design Festival. The launch was to coincide with the introduction of Zanine’s new book, ‘Limited Editions’ by Maria Cecilia Loschiavo.

Trained under Sergio Rodrigues, and the son of mid-century furniture designer and architect José Zanine Caldas, Zanine was named ‘Designer of the Year’ by Maison&Objet at its first US satellite show, Maison&Objet Americas in 2015. Such recognition by the organisers is a major distinction, with similar honours awarded to international designers including Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel and Philippe Starck.

Available exclusively in the UK through ESPASSO, the new collection by Zanine beautifully demonstrates the designer’s artful approach to carpentry and craftsmanship while showcasing the very best in contemporary Brazilian design.

Handcrafted from reclaimed Ipê wood, the Balanço chaise features a gentle sway that counterposes the weight of the solid wood as its ergonomic angles comfortably contour the body. Traces of the material’s original use, including nail holes and imperfections, are preserved rather than concealed, retaining the lineage of the material. The handcrafted joints and dowels also re-imagine the masterful carpentry of Zanine’s late father, José Zanine Caldas.


While the Peroba bench is a truly one-of-a-kind piece, handcrafted from reclaimed Peroba wood, the Anil armchair playfully explores the notions of hard and soft as its seat and back – beautifully sculpted from reclaimed Ipê wood – resembles a plush upholstered design.

New book: ‘Limited Editions’

In this new title, Zanine presents his limited edition wooden furniture. Written by Maria Cecilia Loschiavo with photography by Andre Nazareth, ‘Limited Editions’ documents over 30 pieces of furniture by Zanine – made from recycled wood in the designer’s atelier in the Anil neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro.

The book also explores the evolution of the various characteristics of Zanine’s work over the decades, from the influence of his father and the beginning of his woodworking career through to his adoption of new styles whilst retaining the original forms.