Andrea Branzi, architect and designer, born in Florence in 1938, where he graduated in 1966, has lived and worked in Milan since 1973. From 1964 to 1974 he was part of the Archizoom Associati group, the first avant-garde group known in the international field, whose projects are now kept at the Studies and Communication Archives Center of the University of Parma. His degree thesis and numerous projects are kept at the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris. Co-founder of Domus Academy, the first international postgraduate school of design. Author of numerous books on the history and theory of design, he has curated numerous exhibitions in this sector in Italy and abroad. In 1987 he received the Compasso d'Oro for his career. He is a Full Professor and President of the Degree Course at the Faculty of Interior and Design at the Politecnico di Milano.
Ghidini Bosco of Villa Carcina, in the province of Brescia, belongs to Italy’s manufacturing excellence, thanks to their unparalleled manufacturing skills. A specialist in die casting brass, aluminum and zamak, the company excels in combining advanced technologies and rapid prototyping with traditional craft skills. Their catalog includes thousands of products, ranging from lighting fixtures to furnishing items, decorative items and handles. For over 50 years the company has established close ties with international architects and designers to develop custom products and create classical and contemporary art items. Pieces, those of GHIDINI1961, destined to become iconic, to erase the boundary between art and design and to establish with the public a communion of intentions and views such as to translate into a loyal and lasting relationship, just like artistic artefacts. A demonstration of how the reliability and quality of a brand can become a guarantee of investment capable of acquiring value over time.
The entire production cycle takes place in-house and is characterized by meticulous attention to detail: from the idea to the end product, passing through the various processing stages – from pressure die casting to lost wax and gravity casting, from machining to drilling, from satin-finishing to sand-blasting and polishing. These are the solid foundations of GHIDINI1961.
With over 50 years of history behind it, and entrepreneurial wisdom that has been handed down from father to son, GHIDINI1961 presents furnishings, lamps and home accessories that are true testimonies of great Italian craftsmanship combined with state of the art production technologies, care for materials, aesthetics and attention to detail. With this foundation, our products are not just meant to decorate a refined environment, but they represent something valuable, to be cared of, that can be passed over through generations thanks to its intrinsic and long-lasting value blended with iconic and timeless design.ˆ•THE DESIGNERS
As Art Director, Stefano Giovannoni has put together a diversified creative team able to enhance the properties of brass. This valued material which features golden tones and reflections has developed a remarkable collection of items, furniture and accessories for daily use. All these products are characterized by innovative design and high-quality manufacturing, creating an exclusive mood coherent with the nature and the best tradition of brass. The collection has been designed by renowned international firms 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 large furniture statements to tiny golden accents that decorate and give warmth to stylish residential environments.
With GHIDINI1961 brass makes its debut in contemporary design, with ennobled rigor. The collection comprises works of art, where brass acquires an almost sculptural power, upholstered furniture, dining tables, cabinets and finely chiseled home accessories, bearing witness to Ghidini’s obsession for details. The series includes almost all articles for use at home, which are interpreted in an unusual joyful way: from surreal champagne coolers in the shape of a large thimble, conceived by Studio Job and one with large circular handles by Richard Hutten, who also designed a coat hanger in the shape of a stem on which there are wide-open winged butterflies and a set of polygonal baskets; to Stefano Giovannoni’s Frame collection, where geometric shapes are softened by the velvety surface of brass to create a sleek collection of sofas, armchairs, dining tables and bookshelves. Allusions to nature continue with Nika Zupanc’s platters in the shape of palm leaves, characterized by an outstanding surface finish. In its rich variety, the collection is a compendium of the most significant contemporary creative expressions, interpreted and enhanced by Ghidini’s skillful expertise and ability to interpret brass in all its possible forms.