Andrea Branzi


Andrea Branzi, architect and designer, graduated in Florence in 1967, lives and works in Milan. Since graduating he has been part of the avant-garde movement of Architettura Radicale which began in 1966 with the exhibition of "Superarchitecture" at the Jolly 2 gallery in Pistoia. From 1964 to 1974 he was a partner of Archizoom Associati, protagonists of the Florentine Radical movement, and one of the most respected voices of the Architettura Radicale movement.

The most important projects designed by the avant-garde group include No-Stop-City, a theoretical project for a diffuse metropolitan system and the Superonda sofa. In Milan he developed the themes of the "Nuovo Disegno Italiano " that led to the birth of Alchimia and Memphis. A prominent member of the Alchimia studio, founded in 1976, he has participated in the Memphis experiment since 1981. In 1982 Branzi opened his own studio to devote himself to architecture, urban planning, interior design and industrial design. In 1983 he was one of the founders of the Domus Academy in Milan, the first international school specialized in industrial design, design management and fashion. Branzi was Full Professor and Dean of the Course in Interior Design in the Faculty of Design of the Milan Polytechnic.

Branzi has collaborated with many Italian architecture magazines, such as Interni, Domus, Casabella and MODO. In 1994 he received the ADI Compasso d'Oro Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2007 he curated the travelling exhibition "New Italian Design" for the Milan Triennale and in 2018 the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm awarded him the Rolf Schock prize for the Visual Arts.

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