Andrea Branzi

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Andrea Branzi
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Andrea Branzi in 2008
Born 1938
Nationality Italian
Occupation Architect

1987 Compasso d'oro

1995 Compasso d'oro

Andrea Branzi (born 30 November 1938) is an Italian architect and designer.[1]


Branzi was born in Florence, where he also graduated in architecture in 1966 with his project "Supermarket- Luna Park", a reproduction of this project "Luna Park II" (2001) is at Centre Georges Pompidou.[2] Currently he lives and works in Milan, Italy, where he moved in 1973.

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.

Together with Paolo Deganello, Massimo Morozzi, Gilberto Coretti, Dario and Lucia Bartolini he founded the Archizoom Associati in 1966. He is a promoter of the Italian Radical Architecture movement. From the Radical Period, came the very famous Superarchitettura theoretical framework, which brought his work to Anti-Design. From 1976, he participated in the movement Alchimia, founded by Alessandro Guerriero. The movement was defined as a laboratory for experimental industrial design. In his career, Branzi wrote many books, among which are Learning from Milan, The Hot House and Domestic Animals (published by MIT press),[3] 'Nouvelles de la Metropole Froide' (Centre Georges Pompidou) and Introduzione al Design Italiano. Branzi has collaborated with many Italian architectural magazines such as 'Interni', 'Domus', 'Casabella'. He has also been the editor of MODO (1983–1987).

In 1983 he was one of the founders of the 'Domus Academy', the first international post-graduate school of design.[4]

His enormous work Vase is on permanent display in the courtyard of the Design Museum in Gent. In 2008 he installed his work Open Enclosures at the Fondation Cartier in Paris.

In 2008 Andrea Branzi was named an Honorary Royal Designer in the United Kingdom. The same year he launched a series of shelf units and console tables entitled "Trees", which were exhibited at Carpenters Workshop Gallery in Paris.[5] "Formally, these pieces are a delight, the rigid monochrome geometry of the metal playing against the patterned vitality of the tree. But there is also something surreal about the way these highly romantic trees boldly invade this accomplished minimalist furniture", - writes The Financial Times. [6] The "Trees" exhibition represents "continuation of his thinking on architecture".[7]


  1. ^ "Andrea Branzi". Art Directory: Design. Retrieved 11 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Branzi, Andrea. "Luna Park II". 
  3. ^ "Andrea Branzi". The MIT Press. Retrieved 11 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Children, spaces, relations". Reggio Children. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Andrea Branzi exhibition at Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris". Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  6. ^ Crichton-Miller, Emma. "Branch Furniture". The Financial Times. How to Spend It. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  7. ^ Palasse-Leroux, Elodie. "Andrea Branzi x Carpenters Workshop Gallery : "Trees"". Sleek Design. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 

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