Carpenters Workshop Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition ‘Sassi e Legni’ by the renowned Italian designer Andrea Branzi from October 2nd – December 22rd in the London venue of Carpenters Workshop Gallery. Architect and designer Branzi is known for his intellectual approach to design. A major figure in the international history of design, Andrea Branzi embodies both doing and thinking.
A graduate of the Faculty of Architecture in Florence, he produced avant-garde projects and theoretical texts that make him the pioneer of architecture and radical design. His work ‘Italy the new modern landscape’ was acclaimed in 1972 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He established his studio in 1973 in Milan. Branzi founded the Domus Academy in Milan in 1983, gave lectures, and published numerous books.
His work poses the question of the object and its place in society. Rather than finding the right style, Branzi finds the language of objects. In 1987, he received the Compasso d’Oro, a prestigious distinction for his work as a designer and theorist. He forged special ties with the exceptional artisans: the Sèvres factory and the C.I.R.V.A. in Marseille.
His numerous projects analyze the relationship between the natural environment and the built environment. His work also questions the presence of man in our environment, space, and objects while proposing a democratic and fluid perspective.
In his new collection ‘Sassi e legni’, he began the production of a domestic micro-architecture, combining nature and artistic creation with a pictorial gesture. A synthesis, a thought, a masterpiece!
Branzi’s artistic approach consists of an attempt to connect the industrial world to the poetry of nature. This can be seen clearly in his collection Tree. He notes, “Trees, trunks, and branches are part of our ancient culture, but also of actual culture, because in the age of globalization, design seeks to trace recognizable anthropological platforms.”
Architect and designer Andrea Branzi is known for his intellectual approach to design. Branzi was born in Florence, Italy in 1938. Today he lives and works in Milan. From 1964 to 1974 he was a partner in the internationally renowned design studio Archizoom Associati, whose projects are now in the Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione in Parma and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.
Since 1967 he has worked in the fields of industrial and research design, architecture, urban planning, education, and cultural promotion. He is a professor at the Politecnico di Milano and has given lectures and seminars as a visiting professor in Italy, France, Holland, Belgium, England, Japan, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Israel, Thailand, and the United States.
Branzi is also a freelance writer whose essays have appeared in major publications. He has published several volumes with the MIT Press. He has also exhibited design work at the Venice Biennale and the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain in Paris, among many others.
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