Andrea Branzi* 1938
Andrea Branzi is italian architect, designer, artist, one of the main figures of Italian radical design of the 1960s-70s.
In 1967 he graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Florence. From 1967 to 1969, he was an assistant to Professor Domenico Cardini at this university. In 1964 – 1974 was a member of the Archizoom Associati group, was one of its four founders. Together with the Superstudio group in 1966, Archizoom Associati organized the exhibition “Super hierarchy” in Pistoia, with which Italian radical design begins its history. The Archizoom group has designed fixtures and furniture for the Poltronova factory. However, the main direction of her activity is architectural theory. The graphics of the Archizoom group are illustrations of its theoretical articles, which were published in architectural magazines, most often in Casabella.
Since 1973, Andrea Branzi has been living in Milan. In 1975, together with Massimo Morozzi, Clino Trini Castelli, Ettore Sottsass, Alessandro Mendini and founded the bureau CDM (Consulenti Design Milano). Since 1976 he was a member of avant-garde designers group “Alchemy”, in the early 1980s he participated in the projects of the “Memphis” group. In 1984-87 led the magazine Modo. In 1982, he founded his own architectural bureau in Milan, which also dealt with industrial design. As an architect specializing in territorial development plans, he carried out large orders in different countries. Working on the order of Mitsubishi, he lived in Japan for some time in the early 90s. As a designer, Branzi collaborated with leading Italian manufacturers: Alessi, Artemide, Cassina, Zanotta and others. In addition, he was one of the founders of the Domus Design Academy in Milan and led it for several years. Several times he was the curator of exhibitions at the Milan Triennale. In 1994, received the Compasso d’Oro Award for Excellence. In 2008, Honorary Royal Designer in the UK was proclaimed. Until 2009, he led the school of interior design at the Milan Polytechnic Institute.
For the past ten years, Andrea Branzi has been working mainly as an artist, creating a variety of mostly voluminous objects in mixed media, some of which can be considered furniture. In museums and galleries several of his personal exhibitions are held annually. For example, in 2012 there were five exhibitions of Branzi, in 2017 – six (including one in the center of Pompidou), in 2018 and 2019 – three.
Andrea Branzi’s works are in the collections of MoMA, the Pompidou Center, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and others.