Andrea Branzi, architect and designer, born in Florence in 1938, where he graduated in 1967, lives and works in Milano.
From 1964 to 1974 he was a partner of Archizoom Associati, first vanguard group internationally known, whose projects are preserved at Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione in Parma and at Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.
He is a Co-founder of Domus Academy, the first international postgraduate design school.
Since 1967 he works in the fields of industrial and research design, architecture, urban planning, education and cultural promotion.
In 1987 he received the Compasso d’Oro for his career. He is a Professor at the Third Faculty of Architecture and Industrial Design of Politecnico di Milano.
GHIDINI 1961Ghidini 1961 is the evolution of Ghidini Bosco of Villa Carcina, in the area of Brescia, and belongs to the Italian manufacturing excellence. A specialist in die-casting of brass, aluminum and zamak, the company excels in combining advanced technologies and rapid prototyping with traditional craftsmanship.
With this base, GHIDINI 1961 products are not only designed to furnish a refined environment, but represent something precious that can be handed down from generation to generation thanks to its intrinsic and lasting value combined with an iconic and timeless design. The entire production cycle takes place internally and is characterized by meticulous attention to detail: from the idea to the final product, passing through the various processing stages – from die casting to lost wax and gravity casting, from mechanical processing to drilling, from satin finishing. to sandblasting and polishing.
For over 50 years the company has established close ties with international architects and designers to develop customized products and create classic and contemporary art objects.
As Art Director, Stefano Giovannoni, who launched the Qeeboo Brand in 2016, has put together a diverse creative team capable of enhancing the properties of brass. With this precious material with golden tones and reflections has developed a remarkable collection of objects, furniture and accessories for everyday use. All these products are characterized by innovative design and high quality workmanship, creating an exclusive mood consistent with nature and the best tradition of brass.
The collection was designed by renowned international designers such as Aldo Cibic, Alessandro Mendini, Andrea Branzi, Branch Creative, Fernando and Humberto Campana, Noè Duchaufour – Lawrance, Setsu & Shinobu Ito, Richard Hutten, Elisa Giovannoni, Stefano Giovannoni, Paolo Rizzatto, Tomek Rygalik, Studio Job and Nika Zupanc.
The collection ranges from grand decor statements to tiny gold accents that decorate and add warmth to elegant residential settings.
With GHIDINI 1961, brass makes its debut in contemporary design. The collection includes works of art, where brass acquires an almost sculptural power, upholstered furniture, dining tables, wardrobes and finely chiseled furnishing accessories, reflecting Ghidini’s obsession with details.
The series includes almost all household items, which are interpreted in an unusual and joyful way: from surreal champagne coolers
in the shape of a large thimble, designed by Studio Job and one with large circular handles by Richard Hutten, who also designed a hanger in the shape of a stem on which there are wide-open winged butterflies and a series of polygonal baskets; to the Frame collection by Stefano Giovannoni, where geometric shapes are softened by the velvety surface of the brass to create an elegant collection of sofas, armchairs, dining tables and bookcases.
The allusions to nature continue with Nika Zupanc’s plates in the shape of palm leaves, characterized by an exceptional surface finish. In its rich variety, the collection is a compendium of the most significant contemporary creative expressions, interpreted and enhanced by Ghidini’s skilful skill and ability to interpret brass in all its possible forms.