Andrea Branzi’s Encore – Architectural Digest
In 1985 the Italian architect, designer, and theorist Andrea Branzi, and his wife, Nicoletta, debuted a radical collection of objects. Raw birch branches were attached to a varnished wood base to make an armchair. Limbs sprouted from a simple MDF seat to create a woodsy perch. A stainless-steel lamp emerged from a tree trunk. The results—many of them resembling weird mash-ups of Adirondack furniture and IKEA Parsons tables—were called” Domestic Animals” (“Animali Domestici”), and they marked the debut of Branzi’s now-signature neo-primitive style.