The mythic work at Design Miami/Basel | Andrea Branzi – 34 years after the launch of his groundbreaking “Domestic Animals” series, Friedman Benda gallery dedicates its booth to the 80-year-old Italian designer’s mythic work at Art & Design Miami/Basel.
“We had been investigating a new expressiveness of objects—objects that, like animals in the Amazon, were able to attract their partner through color, perfume, and decor,” reflects Branzi. “They didn’t try to interest everyone. They were experimental, artisanal prototypes that were destined (as it happened) to collectors and museums.”
It’s this sort of thinking that fuels the collectible design market. His works are part of the permanent collections of major museums including: the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris; the Victoria and Albert Museum in London; the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston; the Israel Museum in Jerusalem; and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, among others.
34 years after the launch of his groundbreaking “Domestic Animals” series, Friedman Benda gallery dedicates its booth to the 80-year-old Italian designer’s mythic work at Design Miami/Basel.
Design Miami/Basel is an event which is definitely seen as a top bespoke event which doesn’t fail to bring in some of the very best of many art galleries and other design areas from all around the globe to Basel, Hong Kong, and Miami Beach.
Here, considering today’s taste for strange material studies and futuristic riffs on craft, a lot of one-of-a-kind and limited edition design objects are sure to attract and repulse in equal measure.
But who is this 80-year-old artist?
Andrea Branzi was born in Florence in 1938 and studied as an architect at the Florence School of Architecture.
After graduating he became the most vivid example of the Florentine Radical movement, and one of the most respected and heard voices in the entire Radical Architecture movement.
In 1982, Branzi opened his own studio to concentrate on architecture, urban planning, interior design, and industrial design. Among the important architectural projects that he got involved in are the new Modern Art Gallery and the recovery plan of the block of San Francesco in Arezzo (1987); the Tokyo City X project for Mitsubishi Co. (1990); the research project for the offices of Vitra (1993).
In the field of industrial design, Branzi has collaborated with several other Italian manufacturers: Acerbis, Alessi, Artemide, Cassina, Interflex, Lapis, Pioneer, Unitalia, Up & Up, and Zanotta.