Growing up watching his dad José Zanine Caldas crafting woodwork, Zanini has been interested in designing with ingenuity and originality at a very young age. He then studied industrial design at PUC-Rio to further develop his family legacy with competence. One of his favorite collections he designed is solid wood furniture, transformed from cherished demolition materials, the columns, beams and gateposts collected from old houses. He also uses industrial materials from ecologically-friendly sources such as plastic, methacrylate and metal. Zanini has received awards from Brazil and design centers of the world, making him a seminal figure to represent modern Brazilian carpentry.