Belmonte, Bahia (1918) – Vitória, Espírito Santo (2001)
Zanine Caldas began his career in design and architecture as a model designer working for the most important modernist architects in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo between 1941 and 1955. He started to work with furniture production in 1949 at Z Artistic Furniture Company where he remained until 1954 and produced furniture on a large scale.
In the 1960s Caldas began to create house projects all over the country, from Brasília to Nova Viçosa and Joatinga, through Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Salvador. His most important contribution to Brazilian architecture is considered the Center of Development of the Wood Applications, where teached low income population to use wood in furniture and house projects.
Caldas resumed to work with furniture in the 1970s, designing pieces in solid wood individually, inspired in popular crafts.
His works were exhibited at the Museum of Art of São Paulo (MASP), at the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAM-RJ), at Museum of Modern Art of Bahia (MAM-BA) and at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris.