Design

the EXCEPTIONAL design OF ZANETTO’S CREATIONS CONTRIBUTES TO
THEIR QUALITY AND EXQUISITENESS

Each work is the result of long study and continuous research regarding decorative surface finishes, technical innovation and the aesthetic value of the shapes.

The design of each creation is the result of the creative inspiration of Bernardo and Enrico Zanetto.

More specifically, since 2000, each creation has featured the style of Enrico Zanetto, who is responsible for the most revolutionary and modern experiments with the concept of silver.

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Growers of Beauty

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I remember that almost every evening, at dinner, my father placed the prototype that he was working on at the centre of the table so that he could calmly examine its lines and volumes, looking for defects and ways to improve its overall harmony and balance.

As a child, I looked at those objects, those fledgling creations, as though they were alive. I listened to their language speak of pride or gentleness, and perceived their spirit.

Since then, I always wanted to create such objects. And give them a spirit, so that they could express their own personality and language, speaking to the intimate essence, the spirit, of people.

I learned that, for an object to have a spirit, it cannot be subjected to the slavery of serial production, to the alienation of repetition and the calamity of tedium, rather it must be a single and unique example, an expression of individuality.

This result can only be achieved through production by hand, where its “defects” and “mistakes” make each object original rather than a copy, stimulating the creativity of the worker, freeing the object from pure functionality and exalting an expressiveness that awakens emotional responses, including by stimulating the senses with light, colour variations and the tactile properties of the surface.

Instilled with this life, the original becomes a messenger, continually attesting to the love of which people are capable and the divine magnificence of creating. This is what our original works express, this is the awareness that they seek to give to their enjoyer.

I continue to work, striving for this alchemy…

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Enrico Zanetto

Some Awards

1969 Sanremo

1971 Monza

1971 Padua

1973 Milan

1973 Florence

1974 S.Giorgio di L.

1974 Cesena

1979 Padua

1984 Padua

“Sole d’oro” The Handicraft Oscar
Honorary commendation for creative inspiration and perfection achieved in the working of copper

Internat. Handicraft Exibithion
Silver medal in acknowledgement of the work of research and creation of new forms in the field of artistic handcraft

Veneto handcraft exhibition
Special Prize from the Padua Chamber of Commerce for “the high artistic level of exhibited products”

Triennial
Diploma of attendance

Internat. Handicraft Fair
Gold Metal

National exhibition “Arte e Lavoro” (Art and Work)
awarded San Giorgio Plaque for artistic merit

XXXI Settimana Cesenate Artig.Artistico
Silver Metal

Veneto Handicraft exhibition
“Ente fiere di Padova” plaque

Veneto Handicraft exhibition
Trophy offered by the “Istituto Veneto per il Lavoro”

1988 Padua

1995 Frankfurt

1999 Frankfurt

1999 Italy

1999 Italy

2014 Italy

2015 Milan

OTHER EVENTS

1983 Florence

1987 Venice

1988 Todi

1992 Johannesburg

1992 New York

1993 Padua

1999 New York

Veneto Handicraft exhibition
Plaque from Regione Veneto

FORM
Award for Galleria collection

FORM
Award for Africa collection

ARGO’ award for silverware
To the Africa collection: “a poetic, involving and emotional collection”

Special ARGO’ award for silverware
Assigned by sales outlets recommended by “Argento” – to the Africa collection

International Art Biennial of Asolo

Premio Arte Mondadori Certificate of honor for “Al Nocciolo” sculpture by Enrico Zanetto

International Handicraft Fair

Venice Mart – Artistic Handicraft Exhibition

National Handicraft Fair

Italian Craftsmanship on stage

The Italian Art of Living

Golds and Silvers of Padua

Italian Handicrafts – Italian Pavilion