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.

GROWERS OF BEAUTY

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…

Enrico Zanetto

Awards

1969 Sanremo

"Golden Sun" Craftsmanship Oscar
Honorable quote for the creative flair and perfection achieved in working with copper

1971 Monza

International Craftsmanship Show
Silver medal in recognition of the activity spent in the research and realization of new forms in the field of artistic craftsmanship

1971 Padova

Veneto Craftsmanship Show
Special Chamber of Commerce Award for "the high artistic level of the products on display"

1973 Milano

Triennale
Coworking Award

1973 Firenze

International Craftsmanship Show
Gold Medal

1974 S.Giorgio di Livenza

Italian show "work and art"
Artistic merit plate

1974 Cesena

XXXI Settimana Cesenate Artigianato Artistico
Silver medal

1979 Padova

Veneto Craftsmanship Show
Padova Plate

1984 Padova

Veneto Craftsmanship Show
Medal from Veneto works institute

1988 Padova

Veneto Craftsmanship Show
Plate from Veneto government

1995 Francoforte

FORM
Medal for Galleria collection

1999 Francoforte

FORM
Medal for Africa collection

1999 Italia

Premio ARGO’ per l’argenteria
Medal for Africa collection Zanetto

1999 Italia

Premio speciale ARGO’
Medal for Silver Africa collection Zanetto

2014 Italia

Biennale Internazionale d’Arte di Asolo

2015 Milano

Premio Arte Mondadori medal for "Nocciolo"

1983 Firenze

1987 Venezia

1988 Todi

1992 Johannesburg

1992 New York

1993 Padova

1999 New York

International Craftsmanship Show

Venice Mart – Mostra dell’Artigianato Artistico

Mostra nazionale dell’Artigianato

Italian Craftsmanship on stage

The Italian Art of Living

Ori e Argenti di Padova

Italian Handicrafts – Italian Pavillon

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