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Andrea Branzi, a radical designer

Branzi was a trailblazer in the world of design. Born in Florence in 1938, he left an indelible mark on the field through his innovative and thought-provoking work. Branzi’s career spanned several decades, during which he was a prominent figure in the Radical Design movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

Among the founders of Archizoom Associati (1966) and professor at Politecnico di Milano, Andrea Branzi’s has ranged in his work from experiences on an urban scale – the famous No-stop-city, a visionary urban planning concept that reimagined the relationship between urban and rural spaces – to sophisticated design objects – being awarded of the Compasso d’Oro in 1987- combining design practice with an important theoretical contribution, disseminated through his writings. His essays and books delved into the profound connections between design, culture, society, and the environment.

 

His designs are characterized by their bold and unconventional forms, challenging the established norms of architecture and industrial design.

Branzi’s influence extended to the realm of furniture design, where he created iconic pieces that continue to be celebrated for their artistic and functional qualities, as in the Superonda sofa. He collaborated with prestigious design companies (among them Alessi, Cassina, Qeeboo, Vitra and Zanotta), leaving a lasting impact on the industry.

Andrea Branzi’s legacy endures in the world of design and architecture. His work continues to inspire designers to think outside the box, challenge conventions, and push the boundaries of creativity. His contributions have left an enduring mark on the field, making him a celebrated figure in the history of design.

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