For DesignMiami 2012 Cappellini has presented a project between artcraft and design: “INFLATED WOOD” LIMITED EDITION BY ZANINI DE ZANINE
Miami, December 2012 – After the successful project “Cappellini NEXT” presented at the 2012 April Milan design week, that involved the Trez armchair by Zanini de Zanine, Cappellini has developed the collaboration with this Brazilian designer presenting a special limited edition “Inflated Wood” part of the exceptional project “Reclaimed Woods”.
“Inflated Wood”: most of us look at wood as a warm material, elegant but also uncomfortable and hard. With contemporary techniques of carpentry, Zanini wanted, in this case, to subvert the theorem, floating in the middle of the solid material of demolition with a new proposal. Lines and sinuous curves suggest, in the three pieces of this limited series – armchair, bench and stool – an idea of material inflated and blown: “Inflated Woods”. The wood becomes so comfortable before to the eye and, immediately after, to the body. The noblest Brazilian woods, Ipé e Jacarandá, worked in their essence to find the warmth and sensuality of their soul without neglecting the typical character of strength and comfort.
By signing Reclaimed Woods_Limited Editions, Zanini designs and creates unique pieces or limited editions, handmade with sophisticated techniques of contemporary carpentry, a work addressed to collectors and design galleries. To escape from the frantic pace of industrial production and to recover precious legacy left by his father Jose Zanine Caldas, Zanini has developed since 2005 an authorial collection developed exclusively through the use of Brazilian solid woods from the demolition of old houses and fazendas. All furniture come from columns, beams, stairs and balustrades of old Brazilian houses. The tranquility of the small peaceful community in the west of Rio de Janeiro, which hosts from almost 10 years the workshop and showroom of this unique part of the work of Zanini, is an inexhaustible source of inspiration and makes a significant contribution to provide that strong emphasis of "brazilianness" that accompanies the nobility of local woods used with this signature.
Giulio Cappellini and the company: creator of the uniqueness of the company and emblematic figure in the international design scene is Giulio Cappellini, which is universally recognized as talent scout of young designers: over the years Cappellini has launched some of the world’s greatest designers, producing innovative and high quality furnishings, as Jasper Morrison, Marcel Wanders, The Bouroullec brothers, Marc Newson and Nendo. Giulio Cappellini deals with the Art Direction of Cappellini as well as with the company’s products and communication strategies. The most important Architecture & Design magazines have written about his activities and projects and “Time” magazine has named him as one of the most important trend setters in the world.