José Zanine Caldas

José Zanine Caldas, the first full-scale bilingual centenary publication celebrating the significant career of the pioneering modern Brazilian designer and architect, coinciding with a major exhibition at R & Company in New York City opening November 6.

Born in 1919 on the southern coast of Bahia in Brazil, José Zanine Caldas was one of the most innovative and internationally renowned figures in the modern design and architecture movement in Brazil.

To celebrate Zanine’s significant legacy in the fields of architecture and design, R & Company is pleased to announce its partnership with Brazilian publisher Editora Olhares to release José Zanine Caldas (U.S. Release November 2019, $60).

Marking the centenary of his birth, R & Company is proud to present a major retrospective of Zanine’s work in design, which will accompany this first bilingual Portuguese-English publication to comprehensively study the many facets of his dynamic career as a self-taught designer, architect, and artist over several decades.

With an introduction by R & Company Principal Zesty Meyers and essay contributions by leading Brazilian scholars specialized in Zanine’s work – Maria Cecília Loschiavo dos Santos, Amanda Beatriz Palma de Carvalho, and Lauro Cavalcanti – the book will feature a thorough survey of the designer’s furniture, design, interiors, and architecture with never-before-seen archival images from the collection of the Zanine family and lush photographic spreads.

As Maria Cecília Loschiavo dos Santos states in her text, “Zanine was passionate about everything he did. Understanding Zanine and his work as an important chapter of the history of Brazilian design and architecture allows us to better see the past and future of our design heritage. Zanine did not give up easily; instead, he knew how to transform his goals to persevere… As Zanine once declared: ‘My life was well enjoyed… I lived because I followed many paths.’”

Published by R & Company and Editora Olhares


ISBN 978-8-56-211492-2