Andrea Branzi

Andrea Branzi
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Architect and designer Andrea Branzi was born in Florence, Italy in 1938 and studied architecture at the Florence School of Architecture, graduating in 1966.  From 1964 to 1974 he was a partner in the internationally renowned design studio Archizoom Associati, whose projects are now in the Centro Studie Archivio della Comunicazione in Parma and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. He was a key figure in the Studio Alchimia, founded in 1976, and in the 1980s went on to associate with the radical design collective the Memphis Group.


Known for his intellectual approach to design and is one of the most charismatic figures in the international design scene. His 2012 exhibition ‘Trees’ featured works that questioned the distinction between nature and industry, the natural and artificial. Interspersed between aluminium shelves are segments of silver birch which stand out against the darkened metal. Branzi’s fascination lies in the combination of these seemingly opposing materials, arguing that together they are ‘more powerful’, becoming ‘mysterious’ and ‘sacred’ presences.

Since 1967 Branzi has worked in the fields of industrial and research design, architecture, urban planning, education, and cultural promotion. He was a professor at the Politecnico di Milano until 2009 and has given lectures and seminars as a visiting professor in various institutions around the world. He is one of the founding members of the Domus Academy, the first international post-graduate design school, and in 2008 was named as an Honorary Royal Designer in the United Kingdom.

Branzi’s designs have been displayed extensively at fairs, galleries and museums. He has both exhibited and curated displays at the Venice Biennale and Milan Triennale, and in 2008 his work was featured in an installation at the Fondation Cartier, Paris. His works feature in the permanent collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the V&A, London; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; and MOMA, New York, among many others.

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  • ‘Bisanzio’, Galleria Della Piane, Milan, Italia.
  • PAD Paris, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris, France.
  • ‘Cabinet Makers’ Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris, France.
  • ‘Sassia e Legri’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London, UK
  • PAD London, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London, UK.
  • ’10 Years of Collectible Design’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London, UK.
  • ‘New Work’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris, France.
  • Brussels Antiques ad Fine Art Fair, Brussels, Belgium.
  • ‘Pleased to meet you – 50 ans de création’, Musée des Arts Décoratifs et du Design, Bordeaux, France.
  • ‘Trees and Stones’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London, UK.
  • Design Days Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • Pavilion of Art & Design, Paris, France.
  • ‘Trees’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris, France
  • ‘Open enclosures’, Fondation Cartier, Paris, France.
  • “Blossoming the gap” with Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, for Studio Rendl & Spitz, Cologne, Germany
  • Libreria Archivolto, (with Lapo Lani), Milan
  • “Objects and Territories”, Cultural Center Scharpoord of Knokke and at the
    Architecture Society of Bruxelles, Belgium
  • “Età del Bronzo” at Design Gallery Milano
  • Centro per l’arte contemporanea in Ceramica, Sassuolo (Modena)
  • “Passaggi” at Design Gallery Milano
  • “Silver and Gold” jewels for Argentaurum Gallery al Museum of Arts and Crafts Gent, Belgium
  • “Fuzzy design” at Design Gallery Milano
  • “Wood&Stones”, Argentaurum Gallery, Galleria Seno, Milan
  • “Wireless” at Design Gallery Milano
  • “Wood&Stones”, Argentaurum Gallery, Knokke Zoute, Belgium
  • “Archivi militanti” Galleria Colombari, Milan
  • Galleria Niccoli, Showroom Erregi, Parma
  • “Luoghi”, Design Gallery Milano
  • Musée des ArtisDécoratifs, Montreal, Canada
  • “Amnesie”, Design Gallery Milano, Gallery Objecte, Munich, Germany
    “Camere con vista”, Verona
  • Fort Asperen, Holland
  • “Yatai”, International Expo, Nagoya, Japan
  • Centre Cayc at Buenos Aires, Argentine
  • Musée des Arts Dècoratifs of Parigi, France
  • Tokyo Design Agency, Tokyo, Japan
  • “Case a Pianta Centrale”, Documenta, Kassel, Germany
  • “La Casa Telecomandata”, 17th Triennale di Milano
  • Exhibition of the products designed for Memphis at Seibu Department Store, Tokyo, Japan
  • Installation “Il grande tappeto ibrido”, Musée Saint Pierre, Lyon, France
  • “Mussolini’s Bathroom”, Installation at Centro Domus, Milano, realized by Studio Alchimia
  • Record e Paradiso”, Biennale di Venezia, San Lorenzo church
  • “In mostra”, Galleria Zen Italiana, Naples
  • “Global Eye ’78, 7 new design howers”, Particiation to the Biennale di Venezia, Magazzini del Sale, Tokyo, Japan
  • “Interno urbanistico”, Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara
  • Personal exhibition, “Assenza-Presenza nell’architettura moderna”, Museo d’Arte Moderna di Modena
  • “Decorattivo”, Fiera di Milano, Biennale di Venezia, participation to the exhibition “A proposito del Mulino Stucky”
  • “L’invenzione della superficie neutra” for Abet Print
  • Realization of the film “Come è fatto il cappotto di Gogol”, 14th Triennale di Milano – Museum of Modern Art, New York, within the exhibition “Italy, the new Domestic Landscape
  • “Biennale dei Giovani”, Paris, France
  • “Print Enviroment”, Eurodomus, Turin, Paris, France.
  • Realization of the film “Vestirsi è facile”, Stand RAI, Fiera dell’Elettronica, EUR, Rome
  • “Product design, Gazebo e stanze vuote”, Mana Art Market Gallery, Rome
  • “Superarchitettura”, Galleria Comunale, Modena.
  • Installation “Centro di cospirazione eclettica”, Poltronova in Agliana, Pistoia / Installation “Centro di cospirazione eclettica”, 14th Triennale di Milano
  • “Superarchitettura”, Archizoom Associati, Galleria Jolly, Pistoia.
  • Architectural prize Gevel Totaal 2008, Rotterdam, NL.
  • Winner Woonbeurs Pin, Amsterdam, NL.
  • Winner International Elle Deco Design Award, tableware 2006.
  • Winner International Elle Deco Design Award, lighting 2006.
  • Perished selected for International Design Yearbook 2006.
  • Winner International Elle Deco Design Award, Milan, IT.
  • Nomination, Bombay Sapphire prize, London, UK.
  • Nomination, Harrie Tillie Prize, Stedelijk Museum, Roermond, NL.
  • First prize at “Pirelli Energy” competition for the design of a low consumption tyre.
  • First Prize IF of Hannover Fair for the CD-ROM I protagonisti del design italiano.
  • Special Mention of European Design Prize as strategic consultant of Interieur.
  • Baden Wüttemberg Award for the stone table “Quadrio” for Up&Up.
  • Certificate of Commendation of Robert Maxwell Prize, Royal College of Art di Londra for the essay “Seven Theses on Design”.
  • Compasso d’Oro Award, Clino Castelli and Massimo Morozzi for
    primary design realized with Centro Design Montefibre, International Award at First Biennial of Design, Buenos Aires.
  • (with Archizoom Associati) Silver medal, competition Yamagiwa for light design, Tokyo, Japan.
  • ‘Introduzione al design italiano’, Baldini & Castoldi, Milano
  • ‘Genetic Tales’, Alessi, Verbania
  • ‘La crisi della qualità’, Edizioni della Battaglia, Palermo
  • ‘Il design italiano 1963-1990’, Electa, Milano.
  • (with Francesco Gurrieri), ‘Villa S. Ignazio a Fiesole,’ Alinea, Firenze
  • ‘Luoghi, anthology Andrea Branzi’s main worka between 1966 and 1991’, Rizzoli International, New York;Idea Books, Milano, Italy; Thames and Hudson U.K.; Ernst & Sohn,Germany
  • ‘Formes des Métropoles – Nouveaux Designs en Europe’, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.
  • ‘La Quarta Metropoli’, Domus Academy, collection of the projects of Urban Scenography in 1986/87
  • ‘Learning from Milan’, M.I.T. Press (USA), English translation of the book Pomeriggi alla media-industria – Design e Seconda Modernità, Idea Books (Italia). (79 pages) IN 1992 publication of the French translation, Centre Georges Pompidou with the title Nouvelles de la Metropole Froide.
  • ‘Animali Domestici’, Idea Books (Italy), M.I.T. Press (USA), Philippe Sers (France).
  • ‘La Casa Calda – Esperienze del Nuovo Design Italiano’, Idea Books (Italy), M.I.T. Press (USA), Thames and Hudson (England), L’Equerre (France)
  • ‘Merce e Metropoli- esperienze del Nuovo Design italiano’, Epos, Palermo.
  • ‘Il Design italiano degli anni ’50’, editing and coordination of the catalog of the exhibition at Centrokappa di Binasco.
  • ‘Moderno, Post-moderno, Millenario’, anthology of essays, Studio Forma/Alchymia, Milano.
  • Cultural Center Scharpoord of Knokke and at the Architecture Society, Bruxelles
  • Centro per l’arte contemporanea in Ceramica, Sassuolo, Modène
  • Museum of Arts and Crafts, Gent
  • Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Montreal
  • Centre Cayc, Buenos Aires
  • Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris
  • Musée Saint Pierre, Lyon
  • Museo d’Arte Moderna, Modène
  • Centre George Pompidou, Paris
  • FRAC, Orleans
  • Navile of Manifattura Tabacchi, Bologna
  • KOMA for the Korean Cultural Centre, Los Angeles.

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