above: Early armchair, from the Domestic Animals series, c. 1985
below: Pitagora tapestry, 1982
Branzi was born in Florence, where he also graduated in architecture. Currently he lives and works in Milan, Italy, where he moved in 1973. His work and interests relate to industrial design, architecture,
urban planning, and cultural promotion. He also works as a professor of
industrial design at the Politecnico di Milano University. He founded with Paolo Deganello, Massimo Morozzi and Gilberto Coretti the Archizoom associates. He is a promoter of the Italian Radical Architecture movement. From the Radical Period, came the very famous Superarchitettura theoretical framework, which brought to Anti-Design. In his career, Branzi wrote many books, among which are Learning from Milan, The Hot House and Domestic Animals (published by MIT press), 'Nouvelles de la Metropole Froide' (Centre Georges Pompidou) and Introduzione al Design Italiano. Branzi has collaborated with many Italian architectural magazines such as 'Interni', 'Domus', 'Casabella'. He has also been the editor of MODO (1983–1987).
Tree 1, 2010
Mies lounge chair and illuminated ottoman, 1969
In 1983 he was one of the founders of the 'Domus Academy', the first international post-graduate school of design.His enormous work Vase is on permanent display in the courtyard of the Design Museum in Gent. In 2008 he installed his work Open Enclosures at the Fondation Cartier in Paris. In 2008 Andrea Branzi was named an Honorary Royal Designer in the United Kingdom.