Photo: Emanuele Zamponi

Andrea Branzi

and designer

Today, the distance between the natural and artificial world no longer exists, because the latter has become second nature. So, when I combine nature, advanced technology, industry, craftmanship, primordial archetypes, everything seems much clearer and more spontaneous to me.

Andrea Branzi is an internationally acclaimed architect and designer. He was born in 1938 in Florence, where he graduated in 1966. He has lived and worked in Milan since 1973.
From 1964 to 1974 he was a member of Archizoom Associati, the first internationally known avant-garde collective, whose projects are now kept at the Study Center and Archives of Communication, University of Parma. His dissertation and numerous projects are also found at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.
He is the co-founder of Domus Academy, the first international graduate school in design, and is the author of several books on the history and theory of design. He has also curated numerous exhibitions in Italy and abroad.
In 1987, he was awarded the Compasso d’Oro for lifetime achievement. In 2008, he was given an honorary degree in Industrial Design from La Sapienza University of Rome, Ludovico Quaroni School of Architecture. That same year he was appointed honorary member of the Royal Design for Industry in London.
His works can be found in the permanent collections of prestigious museums like the MoMA and the New York Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Design Museum, Gent; the Denver Museum of Art; the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain and the Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris; the Groninger Museum; the Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain, Orleans; the Houston Museum of Fine Arts; the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Montreal; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Vitra Design Museum, Weil-am-Rhein: the MAK, Vienna; and La Triennale in Milan.