Andrea Branzi
10th Mar 2012 - 16th May 2012
Monday - Saturday
10am - 7pm
Carpenters Workshop Gallery
54 Rue De La Verrerie 75004

“When birch tree forests are pruned or agricultural cultivations of fruit trees are picked, they are dispersed or burned. I have always been fascinated by these parts of nature, that continue to give off a grand expressive force, more powerful when they are combined with modern, perfect and industrial materials. They become mysterious, always diverse, unique, unrepeatable and somewhat sacred presences.
Trees, trunks and branches are part of our ancient culture but also of actual culture, because in the age of globalization, design searches to trace recognizable ‘anthropologoical’ platforms. The collection, ‘Trees’ consists to place simple, everyday objects, books, and images next to the strange presence of branches and trunks, like in the reality of the world.”

Andrea Branzi

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 will be given space to express himself as a free and committed thinker with this new collection « Trees ».

In a space that was once the Galerie de France, a place where contemporary art flourished, Catherine Thieck will come back to pose a few objects from her own collection on the shelves of Andrea Branzi. Works by Marcel Duchamp, Constantin Brancusi, Méret Oppenheim and Rebecca Horn will fill the shelves
of an artist whose personality and preoccupations have remained consistently at the avant-garde of the architecture and design world.

The Italian architect and designer Andrea Branzi, born in 1938, was ahead of his time in Florence in 1966 when he set up Archizoom associati, the first, internationally renowned avant-garde group. In order to define this remarkable character, one must use the vocabulary of projects: theoretical research, new design, experimental laboratory, leeway, mass creativity, new organisation… He also knows how to share his battles, he coordinates and curates exhibitions, he regularly exhibits his personal work, publishes manifestos, teaches generations of students and participates in conferences all over the world. In fact, multiple spaces would be needed to cover all angles of the man: a screening room, an auditorium, a museum and more than a few metres of shelf space.

Andrea Branzi is passionate about the morphology of urban space; he breaks down the accepted codes and vigorously shakes the foundations of the ever-present conventions. Today more than ever, this insatiable troublemaker continues to disrupt the status quo and places humans and nature at the centre of his thinking.

« Trees » represents a continuation of his thinking on architecture. He creates a minimalist space of shelves, veritable pieces of micro-architecture made from aluminium that spread out in neo-plastic bursts like a Mondrian. However, through the splits in the frame, Andrea Branzi introduces trunks and twigs gathered in the wild. This strange encounter that began in the eighties with « Animali domestici », questions the duality of the nature-culture relationship.

With « Trees », he adds a dimension, an extra slice of soul, as nature becomes art, a contemporary icon, an emotional window linked to the knowledge of the vital importance of this precious, common heritage.

Selection of Works
Andrea Branzi

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. 

/ Architectural prize Gevel Totaal 2008, Rotterdam, NL.

/ Winner Woonbeurs Pin, Amsterdam, NL.
/ Winner International Elle Deco Design Award, tableware 2006.
/ Winner International Elle Deco Design Award, lighting 2006.

/ Perished selected for International Design Yearbook 2006.

/ Winner International Elle Deco Design Award, Milan, IT.

/ Nomination, Bombay Sapphire prize, London, UK.

/ Nomination, Harrie Tillie Prize, Stedelijk Museum, Roermond, NL.

/ First prize at "Pirelli Energy" competition for the design of a low consumption tyre.

/ First Prize IF of Hannover Fair for the CD-ROM I protagonisti del design italiano.

/ Special Mention of European Design Prize as strategic consultant of Interieur.

/ Baden Wüttemberg Award for the stone table "Quadrio" for Up&Up.

/ Certificate of Commendation of Robert Maxwell Prize, Royal College of Art di Londra for the essay "Seven Theses on Design".

/ Compasso d'Oro Award, Clino Castelli and Massimo Morozzi for
primary design realized with Centro Design Montefibre, International Award at First Biennial of Design, Buenos Aires.

/ (with Archizoom Associati) Silver medal, competition Yamagiwa for light design, Tokyo, Japan.

/ ‘Introduzione al design italiano’, Baldini & Castoldi, Milano

/ ‘Genetic Tales’, Alessi, Verbania

/ ‘La crisi della qualità’, Edizioni della Battaglia, Palermo

/ ‘Il design italiano 1963-1990’, Electa, Milano.

/ (with Francesco Gurrieri), ‘Villa S. Ignazio a Fiesole,’ Alinea, Firenze

/ ‘Luoghi, anthology Andrea Branzi’s main worka between 1966 and 1991’, Rizzoli International, New York;Idea Books, Milano, Italy; Thames and Hudson U.K.; Ernst & Sohn,Germany

/ ‘Formes des Métropoles - Nouveaux Designs en Europe’, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.

/ ‘La Quarta Metropoli’, Domus Academy, collection of the projects of Urban Scenography in 1986/87

/ ‘Learning from Milan’, M.I.T. Press (USA), English translation of the book Pomeriggi alla media-industria - Design e Seconda Modernità, Idea Books (Italia). (79 pages) IN 1992 publication of the French translation, Centre Georges Pompidou with the title Nouvelles de la Metropole Froide.

/ ‘Animali Domestici’, Idea Books (Italy), M.I.T. Press (USA), Philippe Sers (France).

/ ‘La Casa Calda - Esperienze del Nuovo Design Italiano’, Idea Books (Italy), M.I.T. Press (USA), Thames and Hudson (England), L'Equerre (France)

/ ‘Merce e Metropoli- esperienze del Nuovo Design italiano’, Epos, Palermo.

/ ‘Il Design italiano degli anni '50’, editing and coordination of the catalog of the exhibition at Centrokappa di Binasco.

/ ‘Moderno, Post-moderno, Millenario’, anthology of essays, Studio Forma/Alchymia, Milano.

Cultural Center Scharpoord of Knokke and at the Architecture Society, Bruxelles. Centro per l’arte contemporanea in Ceramica, Sassuolo, Modène. Museum of Arts and Crafts, Gent. Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Montreal. Centre Cayc, Buenos Aires. Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Musée Saint Pierre, Lyon. Museo d’Arte Moderna, Modène. Centre George Pompidou, Paris. FRAC, Orleans. Navile of Manifattura Tabacchi, Bologna. KOMA for the Korean Cultural Centre, Los Angeles.

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