Andrea Branzi is an Italian architect but also designer. He was born in Florence in 1938, where he graduated in 1967.
Between ’64 and ’74 he was partner of Archizoom Associati, the first vanguard group internationally known. But it was also in the end of the 60s that it started working on some fields of industrial and research design, architecture, urban planning, education and cultural promotion.
Nowadays he lives and works in Milan, where he moved in 1973. He is Professor at the Third Faculty of Architecture and Industrial Design of Politecnico di Milano; he collaborates with the main Italian and foreign magazines, as a freelance journalist (like Casabella, Interni, Domus); he has been consulting editor of Idea Books, MODO, Passigli Progetti, etc.; he is also a theorist and essayist; he has held lectures and seminars all over the world, as a visiting professor in the main Universities (in Italy, France, US, Japan, Argentine, Brazil, Israel, Thailand, etc).
In 1983, Branzi was one of the founders of the ‘Domus Academy’, the first international post-graduate school of design.
His work is on permanent display in the courtyard of the Design Museum in Gent. And he is also one of the collaborators of the Carpenters Workshop Gallery, having recently presented a successful exhibition “Trees and Stones”(05 Feb – 09 Mar 2013), where he merged metal and nature .
Press release: “In a short time, Carpenters Workshop Gallery in Paris has already treated us to a regular and rich demonstration of Design Art: in March Andrea Branzi was given space to express himself as a free and committed thinker with this new collection, « Trees ».”
Carpenters Workshop Gallery has two different Galleries, one in Paris and another one in London, but in both they present exceptional pieces of what they call Art Design, which is the reconnection with the tradition arts and crafts, putting the functional object in the center of the creative process of art.
If you enjoyed the work of Andrea Branzi, have a look on this furniture collection by Ferréol Babin.