ZANINE DE CALDAS (2020)
AMANDA BEATRIZ PALMA
SÃO PAULO, 2020
Publisher: Olgares, R & Company
Edited By: Amanda Beatriz
A excellent exploration of the Brazilian design polymath, José Zanine Caldas, one of the most important figures in Brazilian material culture. He left behind a diverse legacy in architecture, design and art, including maquettes built for architecture, industrial and handcrafted furniture, sculpture, landscaping and floriculture, low-income and elite housing designs, and research on the use and reuse of Brazilian woods. Much of Caldas' aesthetic was based on his dialogue with craft and its construction, which stemmed in part from his lack of a traditional education.
The book introduces his work and celebrates the centenary of his birth, tracing his trajectory with a primary focus on the rationale of his design. It includes original photography of Zanine's work alongside an extensive survey of personal and institutional collections, much of which has never been published before.