Andrea Branzi “Grandi Legni”
Paris, Galerie Azzedine Alaïa

Florentine architect and designer Andrea Branzi teases the relationship between architecture installation and everyday things, contemporary art and design, modern and ancient handiwork. Grandi Legni is a project response to the spirit of contemporary design that is overly obsessed with formal perfection and its own self-referencing; the project aims to expand the design inquiry towards deeper anthropological lands, inner foundations, the root of objects-structures and the organic, original design language or what Branzi describes as “Animist” or soul.

The collection, produced by Mario Godani from Design Gallery Milano and Nina Yashar of Nilufar Gallery, entailed searching for old beams in Gadertal Alta Badia, the exploitation of a new 3M printing technology, and the semi-precious stones inlays. Branzi further elaborates: “Through an ever more aseptic and anonymous environment, objects are charged with this witness due to their own shaman function of linking everyday reality with a deeper and still unexplored dimension”.

December 10th, 2009 through January 17th, 2010
18 rue de la Verrerie
75004 Paris
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