Designer Charles Zana has spent two decades crossing the lines between designing and collecting, always trying to push the limit a little more ahead each time. He received one of France’s highest honors, the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for his contribution in the architectural and design field.
The Tunisia-born designer has always been fascinated by French history and he always affirmed that culture needs to be the focal point for many creatives to take inspiration from: there is a special link between artistic tendencies and design, the same connection that Charles Zana tries to bring back to the surface with its projects.
Having spent his childhood in Paris, he enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris where, after a period of discoveries and experiences in various firms and studios in New York City, he came back to join Asymétrie Studio and Bernard Fric. In 1990 he founded Charles Zana Architecture from which he took his signature style all over the globe, from London to Tel Aviv to Montecarlo; his passional attitude and refined aesthetic are recognizable everywhere.
An avid art and design collector, Charles Zana embarks in different projects, such as residential projects, stores, and scenography. His charisma and savoir-faire with clients render him one of the most appreciated designers on the field, always trying to understand the real essence of a possible request, establishing a dialogue to really get to know the client’s needs.
For each project the designer creates a specific furniture collection to enhance the dichotomy he instills in his works: his analytic side – the architect – that dreams of airy, symmetry, and comfortable spaces; the art lover, that likes to work with different and bold visions at the same time, establishing collaborations with diverse artists and designers.
From Lake Geneva Switzerland’s house at the edge of a cliff to the Montecarlo apartment to the 17th-century palazzo in Venice, among his most acknowledged works a special mention needs to be done for great pieces, such as the Alexander sofa, the Djo armchair, and the Calanque table.