Andrea Branzi (b.1938) Italian furniture designer

Judolia bench (1989) by Andrea Branzi
Judolia bench (1989) by Andrea Branzi

Andrea Branzi (b.1938) is an Italian architect and designer who was born in Florence. He currently lives and works in Milan. He was a professor and chairman of the Polytechnic University of Milan’s School of Interior Design until 2009.

Biography

His theoretical furniture is well-known. He formed Archizoom Associati, an avant-garde group in Florence, in 1966 (with Paolo Deganello and others) that brought the irony of 1960s Anti-Design to furniture design.

He worked for the CDM (Consulenti Design Milano) company. He co-authored the two-volume Decorattivo 1 and 2 on environmental design.

In 1973, he founded his studio in Milan.

He took part in Studio Alchimia’s exhibitions in the early 1980s, a proto-Memphis collective exploring metaphysical dimensions of architecture.

In Casabella, he wrote about avant-garde architecture from 1972 to 1975.

Labrador sauce plate designed by Andrea Branzi for Memphis Milano, circa 1982.
Labrador sauce plate designed by Andrea Branzi for Memphis Milano, circa 1982.

From 1983 to 1987, he was managing editor of Mode and, for a time, president of Domus; he co-organized and co-wrote the catalogue for the 1977 ‘Il design italiano degli anni 50,’ the first major retrospective exhibition of Italian postwar design, at Naviglio, Milan.

From 1982 to 1983, he was a professor at the Universita di Palermo’s Instituto del Disegno Industriale, the architecture school. He taught at universities and schools in Italy, the Netherlands, France, Japan, Argentina, Brazil, and the United States as a visiting professor and lecturer.

Books

Domus Academy, Milan, educational director since 1983. Domestic Animals (1987) is his attempt to create a new relationship between man and his belongings. He argues that a sofa or a light fixture can be thought of as a household pet.

Other books by him include The Colors of Energy (1975), Pre-Synthetic Colors (1976), Environmental Colors (1977), Moderno—Postmoderno—Millennario (1980), Good and the Metropolis, La Casa Calda: Esperienze del Nuovo Disegno Italiano (1982), and (with Michele De Lucci) Il Concept Italiano degli anni 50. (1979). See Amazon for more books by Andrea Branzi.

Memphis

Memphis commissions included the 1982 Gritti bookcase, Century divan, and silver sauce boat, the 1983 Beach chaise longue, the 1985 Magnolia bookcase, the 1987 Andrea chaise longue, and the 1988 Foglia electro-luminescent wall lamp. Other designs included Rossi e Arcandi’s 1982 Labrador silver sauce dish, Zabro’s 1985 Animali Domestici seating, Zanotta’s 1986 Berlino couch, Zabro’s 1986 Frande Tapetto Ibrido chairs, and Zanotta’s 1989 Iudola desk.

Gritti bookcase, Italy (1981) designed by Andrea Branzi
Gritti bookcase, Italy (1981) designed by Andrea Branzi
Standing Lamp by Andrea Branzi in Japanese Rice Paper, Bamboo, Belgian Bluestone
Standing Lamp by Andrea Branzi in Japanese Rice Paper, Bamboo, Belgian Bluestone
Berlino sofa, ca. 1986 designed by Andrea Branzi (artnet)
Berlino sofa, ca. 1986 designed by Andrea Branzi (artnet)

Exhibitions

He took part in the Triennali di Milano in 1968 (XIV), 1979 (XVI), and 1983 (XVII), serving as general coordinator for the (XV) session, as well as the Biennali di Venezia in 1976, 1978, and 1980.

In 1981, he took part in Memphis’ first show. Premi Compasso d’Oro in 1979 (primary concept research) and 1987. Zanotta’s Iudola bench debuted at the 1989 Salone del Mobile in Milan. Animali Domestici debuted at the 1991 Milan exhibition “Mobili Italiani 1961-1991: Le Varie Eta dei Linguaggi.” Work has been seen at the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Lijbanam Centrum in Rotterdam, the CAYC in Buenos Aires, the Musée St. Pierre in Lyons, and the Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara, as well as in several group exhibits.

Andrea Branzi in-Store

Sources

Andrea Branzi | Artnet. http://www.artnet.com/artists/andrea-branzi/

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.

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    Adalberto Dal Lago is an Italian architect and designer: born and active Milan. He was an assistant, Facolta di Architettura, Politecnico di Milano from 1964-70 and subsequently chair of interior design and then of the elements of composition. He published books on design and Modern architecture. The European Council commissioned him and architect Marco Zanus to publish a postwar European design book. Read More →

  • Patricia Urquiola is a Spanish architect and designer

    Patricia Urquiola is a Spanish architect and designer

    Patricia Urquiola is a Spanish architect based in Milan. She distinguishes herself by her original designs of items and furniture for the finest and most significant international companies. She created the Maia series, one of her most typical works for Kettal, the designer of some of the most emblematic pieces of today’s selection. AD Design Award 2008 for architecture.Read More →

  • Piero Polato (b.1936) Italian Industrial Designer

    Piero Polato (b.1936) Italian Industrial Designer

    At ISIA, Urbano, Polato taught metallurgy. He wrote books about design education. Saiet, Avancart, Pellizzari, RAI, Televisione Svizzera Italiana, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Franco Rosso International, Fratelli Coppola, Furla, Mursia Editore, Robots, Zucchi, Il Bustese, and Muncherner Ruck were among his clientele. He was an ADI member (Associazione per il Disegno Industriale).Read More →

  • Italian Design Bibliography

    Italian Design Bibliography

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  • Carlo Mollino (1905 – 1973) Italian architect and designer

    Carlo Mollino (1905 – 1973) Italian architect and designer

    Today, Carlo Mollino seems just as important as when he was alive. The designer left his mark on the world of industrial design of the 20th century through one of a kind objects, incorporating new techniques and materials produced rather than batch productions in the form of collector’s items.Read More →

  • Alfredo Simonit (b.1937) – Italian furniture designer

    Alfredo Simonit (b.1937) – Italian furniture designer

    Alfredo Simonit is an Italian designer. He was born in Romans d ‘Isonzo. Professionally active S. Giovanni al Natisone. Read More →

  • Gaetano Pesce (b.1939 ) Italian architect, designer and sculptor

    Gaetano Pesce (b.1939 ) Italian architect, designer and sculptor

    He established an office in Padua, where he became a founding member of Gruppo N in 1959. He experimented with programmed art and collaborated with Gruppo Zero in Germany, Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel in Paris (then known as Motus), and Gruppo T in Milan. Read More →

  • Emilio Pucci (1914 – 1992) Italian fashion designer

    Emilio Pucci (1914 – 1992) Italian fashion designer

    A leading figure in Italian fashion in the 1950s and 1960s, Pucci studied for a year at the University of Milan. In 1935 he travelled to the United States where he also studied, returning to the University of FlorenceRead More →

  • Marcello Minale (1938 – 2000) Italian designer

    Marcello Minale (1938 – 2000) Italian designer

    He worked as a designer at the Finnish advertising agency Taucker and as an art director at Mackkinointi Uiherjuuri. He was the design director at the Young and Rubicam advertising agency in London until 1964. He founded a design firm with Brian Tattersfield in 1964. Read More →

  • Giancarlo Pozzi (1924 – ) Italian Industrial Designer

    Giancarlo Pozzi (1924 – ) Italian Industrial Designer

    Pozzi’s professional career began in 1950. He worked with architect Alberto Rosselli from 1963 to 1967. From 1970 to 1974, he collaborated with Achile Castiglioni and the Ponti/Fornaroli/Rosselli Studio.Read More →

  • The Wit and Humour of the Gibigiana Table Lamp

    The Wit and Humour of the Gibigiana Table Lamp

    Castiglioni’s approach to design is characterised by wit and humour, which is portrayed here by a shape that resembles an animal or bird. The Gibigiana is a table light that may be adjusted. It includes a dimmer and produces reflected light. Read More →

  • Centre Pompidou Presents Retrospective on Designer Ettore Sottsass

    Centre Pompidou Presents Retrospective on Designer Ettore Sottsass

    Although he was largely known for founding the design group, Memphis Milano, Sottsass always reverted back to painting to free his senses. This liberation would frequently and characteristically appear in all the work he’d create throughout his life. Lamps, chairs, cabinets — anything that released the senses.Read More →

  • How the Memphis Design Movement Made a Comeback

    How the Memphis Design Movement Made a Comeback

    To call an armchair or a bookcase “revolutionary” might seem like a stretch, but for the design world, the original show of the Memphis design movement was as genuinely shocking as the first Sex Pistols performance. But unlike his revolutionary punk predecessors, Ettore Sottsass, this design moment’s founder, certainly knew the rules he was breaking when the Memphis group debuted in Milan 40 years ago.Read More →

  • ‘The New Domestic Landscape’ – MoMA’s ambitious design show 1972

    ‘The New Domestic Landscape’ – MoMA’s ambitious design show 1972

    THE NEW DOMESTIC LANDSCAPE was one of The Museum of Modern Art’s most ambitious design shows.  The exhibition, directed and built by Emilio Ambasz, Curator of Design in the Museum’s Department of Architecture and Design, focused on current design trends in Italy with 180 items for everyday use and 11 environments commissioned by the Museum.Read More →

  • Flavio Conti Italian architect and designer

    Flavio Conti Italian architect and designer

    Flavio Conti is an Italian architect and designer; born Legnago, Verona; active Milan.  He studiedRead More →

  • Michele Provinciali (1921 – 2009) Italian Industrial Designer

    Michele Provinciali (1921 – 2009) Italian Industrial Designer

    He received the ADI’s Compasso d’Oro Award for his career in 2008. Michele Provinciali provides an alternative trend to the late rationalist approach typical of the postwar period in every art form. He is expressive, poetic, experimental, abnormal, and refined in every art form.Read More →

  • Luigi Massoni (b.1930) Italian Industrial Designer

    Luigi Massoni (b.1930) Italian Industrial Designer

    After a period of training at the Collettivo di Architettura in Milan and his first professional experiences between 1953 and 1955, he began his design career by making the cocktail shaker (1957, with Carlo Mazzeri) and the Serie 5 containers, which are still in production, for AlessiRead More →

  • The evolving designs of Arper | Design ♥︎

    The evolving designs of Arper | Design ♥︎

    Arper is the epitome of minimalist elegance and its products are perfectly suited to all kinds of commercial environments. With a growing range, we take a look at the latest offerings from the classic Italian house. Colour blocking made cool With classic arching armrests and a mix of materials that are perfectly colour matched, the Arcos brings an art deco edge.Read More →

  • Luca Erba (b. 1984) Italian Designer & Architect

    Luca Erba (b. 1984) Italian Designer & Architect

    He creates projects spanning architecture to decor, interior design, and bespoke collections using thorough territorial, material, and formal research as the cornerstones of his creative process.Read More →

  • Tacchini stylish and functional Ottomans

    Tacchini stylish and functional Ottomans

    Tacchini aspires to improve the quality of home and public spaces with its furniture. As a result, Tacchini is always analysing and improving its products and services with zeal, inventiveness, and accountability. Read More →

  • Sergio Asti (1926 – 2021) Italian Designer and Architect

    Sergio Asti (1926 – 2021) Italian Designer and Architect

    Asti was born in the city of Milan. In 1956, he founded his design firm after graduating from the Polytechnic University of Milan with a degree in architecture. He was one of the founding members of the Associazione per il Disegno Industriale in the same year.Read More →

  • Gae Aulenti (1927 – 2012) Italian architect and designer

    Gae Aulenti (1927 – 2012) Italian architect and designer

    Gaetana Aulenti (Gae, as she was known, is pronounced similarly to “guy”) was born in Palazzolo dello Stella (Friuli) and studied architecture at the Milan School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University, graduating in 1954 as one of two women in a class of 20.Read More →

  • Gruppo 9999 Italian Architecture and Design Group

    Gruppo 9999 Italian Architecture and Design Group

    Gruppo 9999 was a group of radical architects founded in Florence in 1968 by Giorgio Birelli, Carlo Caldini, Fabrizio Fiumi and Paolo Galli. Read More →

  • Paolo Pallucco (b. 1952) Italian architect, furniture designer & Manufacturer

    Paolo Pallucco (b. 1952) Italian architect, furniture designer & Manufacturer

    He was born and active in Lissone. He founded Pallucco an awarding winning design firm.Read More →

  • Massimo Morozzi (b. 1941) Italian architect and designer

    Massimo Morozzi (b. 1941) Italian architect and designer

    He created Archizoom Associati in 1968 with Andrea Branzi, Gilberto Corretti, and Paolo Deganello, which developed industrial and architectural designs and urban planning and was a notable Italian architecture practice until 1972. Read More →

  • Enzo Frateili (1914 – 1993) Italian Designer

    Enzo Frateili (1914 – 1993) Italian Designer

    Enzo Frateili was an Italian designer born in Rome and active in Milan. Frateili began his professional career in 1955. In the early 50s, he worked at Stile Industrial; in 1962 he was the Italian correspondent to the journal form. His books included Archiektur und Komfort (1967) and Design e Civiltà della Machina (1969). The Instituto di Architettura e Urbanistica published his paper on the theoretical and methodological aspects of problem-solving, Universitá di Trieste. In 1963, he led a seminar, Hochschule für Gestaltung, Ulm. Read More →

  • Olivetti Design Standard-bearer

    Olivetti Design Standard-bearer

    Olivetti is an Italian office machinery and furniture firm, located in Ivrea, Northern Italy. ForRead More →

  • Pucci De Rossi (1947 – 2013) Italian furniture designer and artist

    Pucci De Rossi (1947 – 2013) Italian furniture designer and artist

    Pucci de Rossi was an Italian designer born in Verona and trained with American sculptor H.B. Walker. Pucci de Rossi (1947-2013) is an unusual designer and artist. Jewellery, furniture, sculpture, painting: his works, visually striking and functional, refer to Arte Povera and the neo-baroque work of the Memphis studio. Read More →

  • Giorgina Castiglioni Italian architect and designer

    Giorgina Castiglioni Italian architect and designer

    Giorgina Castiglioni is an Italian architect and designer who studied architecture at Milan Polytechnic (1969). She is Giannino Castiglioni’s granddaughter, a famous sculptor, and the daughter of Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, an architect and professor. Read More →

  • Antonio Citterio ( b.1950 ) Italian furniture designer

    Antonio Citterio ( b.1950 ) Italian furniture designer

    Antonio Citterio is a leading Italian architect and interior designer, furniture and industrial designer. Citterio explored the possibilities of new materials and technologies rather than aligning himself with New Design’s more fashionable aesthetics.Read More →

  • Marco Zanuso Sr. (1916 – 2001) Italian architect and designer

    Marco Zanuso Sr. (1916 – 2001) Italian architect and designer

    Marco Zanuso Sr. was an Italian architect and designer. He was born in Milan. He studied architecture at the Politecnico di Milano, to 1939. Read More →

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Enzo Frateili was an Italian designer born in Rome and active in Milan. Frateili began his professional career in 1955. In the early 50s, he worked at Stile Industrial. In 1962 he was the Italian correspondent to the journal form. His books included Archiektur und Komfort (1967) and Design e Civiltà della Machina (1969).

Fabio Lenci (1935 – ) Italian Designer – Encyclopedia of Design

Fabio Lenci (1935 – ) is an Italian Designer. He received his design education in Rome. He began his professional career in 1966. He set up a shop for contemporary furniture in Rome. He began to explore the use of new plastics and manufacturing techniques to produce his furniture designs, including his Chain armchair with suspended upholstered rolls between plate-glass sides.

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