Italy (1938-)

Known as one of the major protagonist of the radical movement, Andrea Brandi is an international architect and designer. Andrea Trained at the school of architecture in Florence, he settles in 1973 in Milano where he teaches in the Politecnico di Milano and became an art critic through the Modo magazine between 1983 and 1987. He publishes also numerous theorical essays such as La Casa calda in 1982, Animali domestici: le stile neo-primitivo in 1986, Nouvelles de la metropole froide in 1991 and Il design italiano 1964-1990 in 1996. Throughout the 1980s, Andrea Branzi joins the Memphis group founded by Ettore Sottsass. Quickly, Branzi opens his own design agency in 1982, after working in collaboration for Archizoom (1966-1974), for Global Tools (1973-1976) and Alchimia (1976-1982). In 1985, he presents his first personal exhibition ‘Animali Domestici’, a thought around the relation between humans and usual objects where he presents radical seatings, hybrid pieces of neutral colors with natural wood trunks to form seat back and armrest, all with a poetic dimension. In 1995, he was awarded the Compass of Oro to reward his whole career.