Zanini de Zanine was born in Rio de Janeiro and grew up observing the work of his father, the architect and designer José Zanine Caldas.
He produced his first piece of furniture during an internship with Sergio Rodrigues. Graduated in Industrial Design from PUC-RJ, he began producing solid wood furniture in limited series or exclusive pieces, based on the pioneering use of wood, a legacy from his father.
In 2005, he began creating a new line of furniture with pieces produced industrially, using not only wood from managed forest areas but also various materials such as plastic, acrylic, glass, metals, ceramics, and parts of other industrialized products.
In 2011, Zanini created Studio Zanini where he signs products for national and international brands.
He was named Designer of the Year by Maison&Objet Américas in 2015, in addition to receiving the most important awards in Brazilian design, such as IDEA Brasil and Museu da Casa Brasileira. Among the international awards, highlights include the Design Excellence Award New Generation, where he was the only Brazilian honored in 25 years of awarding at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the IF Design Award. Zanini has items from his creations in the permanent collections of the Historical Museum of Rio de Janeiro, the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAM), the Museum of Design and Fashion of Lisbon (MUDE), and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.