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A native of Florence, Italy, designer and architect Andrea Branzi is a recipient of the Compasso d’Oro Lifetime Achievement award. He initially studied at the Florence School of Architecture, graduating in 1966, and went on to join the avant-garde movement known as “Italian Radical Architecture,” focused on the use of new materials and technologies to reimagine shared urban spaces. Branzi founded Archizoom Associati, an art studio focused on the concept of “radical anti-design,” with Paolo Deganello, Massimo Morozzi, Gilberto Coretti and Dario and Lucia Bartolini. This was his first, but not last, endeavor into a historic design group. In 1976 he joined the “Alchemia” design group founded by Alessandro Guerrero, and in 1983, he co-founded the Domus Academy. The academy was the first international postgraduate school of design, and Branzi took on the roles of cultural director, vice president and coordinator. He is also part of the Memphis Group, an Italian post-modern design and architecture group that counts Alessandro Mendini, Ettore Sottsass, Aldo Cibic and Nathalie du Pasquier among its members. Now living in Milan, Branzi is the Professor and Chairman of the Interior Design Faculty at the Politecnico. His post-modern designs are fluid, stylish and functional, often mixing finished wood with raw branches and planks. Along with wood, he uses leather, and metallic elements of chrome, steel, bronze and aluminum. Branzi's Cucus Chair, part of the landmark Domestic Animals series, combines birch branches with lacquered composite. His Cairn Chair for Zabro is bamboo highlighted with touches of bright paint and fine leather; the 925 Revers Chair for Cassini features beechwood with brushed aluminum legs. Whether for the art gallery or the industrial and commercial market, Andrea Branzi's designs reveal personality and whimsy that can bring a room to life.