Zele Mané, founder of Zele Company, comes from an architect/builder tradition, having designed, constructed and furnished residential projects around the globe. His goal in these projects was to maintain design integrity from start to finish integrating the same aesthetic and functional ideals into all aspects of the building. Unable to find what he needed on the market, he began designing architectural products, hardware and furniture. Zele Company naturally evolved out of an enormous interest in the resulting products. Zele Company’s design philosophy stems from the belief that furnishings significantly impact our daily life and therefore great attention should be given to selecting the objects that surround us. They are vehemently opposed to throw-away culture, and interpret “living green” as the acquisition of furniture with the intention of owning it and using it for a lifetime. Their goal is to create designs that transcend the cycle of fashion. They build with solid hardwoods, stainless steel and leather, focusing on each material’s inherent beauty and extreme durability. All of their hardwood suppliers meet or exceed E.P.A. exotic hardwood regulations.