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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.

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