Photos: Leo Eloy / Estúdio Garagem

Visitation until March 8, 2020

In each edition of the Design MCB Award, since 2013, the Museum presents a homage panel, Pioneers of Brazilian design, highlighting the trajectory of characters whose performance was fundamental for the consolidation of the design field in the country. After honoring Fábio Alvim, Luciano Deviá, Fulvio Nanni and Anísio Campos, Percival Lafer, this year we highlight the career of José Zanine Caldas.

This year, on the occasion of the celebration of the centenary of José Zanine Caldas’ birth, we highlight his rich and diverse work, which moved between design and architecture, passing through the fields of urban planning and teaching. His production of furniture and objects was marked both by the rationalization experienced through the furniture made of plywood (Artistic Z furniture), which fundamentally contributed to the industrialization process of the time, and by his artisanal practice that he incorporated into the elaboration of objects and architecture, techniques originals of Brazilian empirical knowledge.

With this panel, prepared by researchers Maria Cecília Loschiavo Santos and Amanda Carvalho, the MCB celebrates Zanine’s experimental-genuine work, mapping the pieces present in the Museum’s collection, highlighting his most recent incorporation (donation from Loja Teo), in addition to presenting drawings, photographs and original models kindly borrowed from the family collection. It is a brief tribute, an installation that once again marks the unique contribution of this culturally committed and dedicated character to the construction of Brazilian identity through the production of objects, spaces and landscapes.

Pioneers of Brazilian design
The Museu da Casa Brasileira brings together the opening panel of the Design MCB Award the historic panel Pioneers of Brazilian design, highlighting two points in the timeline of Brazilian design: the documentation of the past (albeit recent) and a clipping of the present, selected annually for the Museum’s award. The first panel, in 2013, rescued the work of designer Fábio Alvim (1944-1993), the second, in 2014, paid tribute to the architect and designer Luciano Deviá (1943-2014) and the third, in 2015, brought the work of Fulvio Nanni (1952-1995), one of the pioneers of author design in the 1980s in Brazil, in 2016, Anísio Campos, and in 2018, Percival Lafer was honored.

About MCB
The Museum of the Brazilian House, an institution of the Secretariat of Culture and Creative Economy of the State of São Paulo, is dedicated to the preservation and diffusion of the material culture of the Brazilian house, being the only museum in the country specialized in architecture and design. The MCB’s program includes temporary and long-term exhibitions, with an agenda that also includes educational activities, debates, lectures and publications contextualizing the museum’s vocation for the formation of critical thinking on topics such as architecture, urbanism, housing, creative economy, urban mobility and sustainability. Among its numerous initiatives, the Design MCB Award stands out, the main segment award in the country, held since 1986; and the Casas do Brasil project, to rescue and preserve memory about the rich diversity of living in the country.

Panel Pioneers of Brazilian Design – José Zanine Caldas
Opening: November 23, Saturday, from 10 am to 8 pm (together with the opening of the 33rd Design Award exhibition).
Free entrance

Museu da Casa Brasileira
Brigadeiro Faria Lima, 2705 Street – Jardim Paulistano – SP
Near Faria Lima Metro Station
Phone: (11) 3032-3727


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