Archives for category: Andrea Branzi
A Roger Arquer design.

A Roger Arquer design

Dans la société actuelle 1+1 ne fait pas toujours 2, mais peut aussi rester 1+1. Ceci est un aspect très intéressant, car l’absence de synthèse peut permettre d’utiliser différemment l’espace ouvert entre thèse et antithèse. On interrompt un cycle fonctionnel, en laissant les choses comme elles sont, mais en abattant le sens, pour en trouver un autre. Andrea Branzi

Among the 34 design names of the contest Tra le bricolle di Venezia, this is Andrea Branzi’s chair called Anti-confort.

The concept of ‘confort’ is not an ergonomic fact; we know that, at times, sitting on a stone or on a tree trunk can be cosier than sitting on a stuffed armchair… it depends on the state of mind… Given the ‘hard times’ we are all going through, it is cautious to equip ourselves with a more ‘hostile’ through realistic design… 

Drawing by A.S Gauvin

Our society lives and grows only if she’s able to constantly transform.

Andrea Branzi

Revers Chair - Andrea Branzi

Revers Chair – Andrea Branzi

“A chair must be really important as an object, because my mother always told me to offer my chair to a lady”

Ettore Sottsass

Acceptation of the deep antinomies and twofold components between rationalism and flexibility, between rationalism and organicness.

Archizoom Associati for Poltronova, a ‘Mies’ lounge chair and ottoman, designed in 1969

We must find a new architecture that matches the fragmented man. Firstly we must begin by destabilizing the architecture, the actual concepts that keep us from reading the architecture.
We must bring architecture to level zero to find a way towards an architecture that adapts to the current conditon of man.

Jacques Derrida


Andrea Branzi’s last manifesto, la nuova carta di Atene, presents 10 principles searching the interpretation of the condition of the post modern city. We are certainly living in a week metropolis. The complex and quantity of flux in the city don’t correspond to our current architecture.


Pic by Anne-sophie Gauvin




















Yesterday, we went to Andrea Branzi’s exhibition at Triennale, Le Ceramiche. 14 ceramic works with an anthropological meaning were exhibit.

Branzi expresses how the creating of an object must provide energia di innovazione. This is the function of product design. The problem with contemporary design is the search of a happy ending. According to him, these promises cannot be kept nowadays, in these inverted times.

In this exhibition, Andrea Branzi gives emphasis to the meaning of the material. The artisanal process of ceramic brings us back to the presence of mankind on earth. “Wherever our ancestors have lived they left traces of terracotta in the desserts as well as in the caves” This material is strongly connected to the human universe.

“The issue of materials is real and important, but either technology becomes part of our culture or it should be left to technicians. I think that the real problem lies with the implementation of technological solutions for their aesthetic applications and aesthetics for its “technological” skills…” Andrea Branzi 2012

photo by Kai Juenemann

‘Oggi non c’è il desiderio di possedere gli oggetti, ma di amarli’ Andrea Branzi