Andrea Branzi  

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Andrea Branzi (1938) is an Italian architect, designer and author of numerous books and essays, has played an important role in the cultural debate that followed the development and success of Italian design. As a designer he worked with Archizoom and the Memphis Group, and he has collaborated with the leading Italian furniture and accessory manufacturers, the latest being Alessi.


The Architect

Branzi was born in Florence, where he also graduated in architecture. Currently he lives and works in Milan, Italy.

His work

His work and interests relate to industrial design, architecture, urban planning, and cultural promotion. He also works as a professor of industrial design at the Politecnico di Milano University.

Archizoom and Superarchitettura

He is one of the founders of Archizoom associates, and promoter of the Italian Radical Architecture movement. From the Radical Period, came the very famous Superarchitettura theoretical framework, which brought to anti-design.

The Companies

Andrea Branzi has collaborated with the top designers both in Italy and worldwide, such as Alessi, Artemide, Cassina, Poltronova, Vitra, Zanotta.

The Exhibitions

He has been the main guest of various 'Triennale di Milano' exhibitions. He has also held personal exhibits in many international museums (e.g. Paris', Knokke's and Brussels').

From March 28 to June 22, 2008 Andrea Branzi designs for the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain [1] two poetic installations suggestive of fragility and delicacy, made in collaboration with the CIRVA in Marseille.

The Writings & Theoretical Research

In his career,Branzi wrote many books, among which: 'Learning from Milan', 'The Hot House' and 'Domestic Animals' (published by MIT press), 'Nouvelles de la Metropole Froide' (Centre Georges Pompidou) and 'Introduzione al Design Italiano' by Baldini & Castoldi, Milan.

Branzi has collaborated with many Italian architectural magazines such as 'Interni', 'Domus', 'Casabella'. He has also been the editor of MODO (1983-1987).

Domus Academy

In 1983 he was one of the founders of 'Domus Academy', the first international post-graduate school of design.

The Awards

Branzi in 1987 obtained the prestigous Compasso d’oro Award for his practical and theoretical work in the design world.

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