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Archizoom Associati

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For eight years, Italian architecture and design studio Archizoom Associati challenged modernism and aligned itself with what we now call Radical Design, an avant-garde art movement established largely in Florence that produced exuberant conceptual furnishings and objects that were neither practical nor very commercial. Through iconic works like the Sanremo floor lamp and the Mies lounge chair, Archizoom and other proponents of the movement protested functionalism and explored form, color and material in a way that countered the existing social order.

Founded in 1966 by University of Florence students Andrea Branzi, Gilberto Corretti, Massimo Morozzi and Paolo Deganello, Archizoom questioned mass consumerism and the validity of rapid postwar modernization in their native country. In their architecture initiatives, interiors, installations, furniture and more, Archizoom's members were pioneers of postmodernism — future Memphis Group cofounder Ettore Sottsass was also part of the Radical Design movement — and alongside likeminded collectives such as Superstudio, Ziggurat and UFO, Archizoom drew on Pop art, Minimalism and Arte Povera to expand upon the expressive potential of design. Branzi and his peers were also deeply influenced by the visionary work of London architecture collective Archigram — so much so that the group’s name is inclusive of Zoom, which is the name of a zine published by the British collective.

In Archizoom’s No-Stop City — an unbuilt architecture project — the urban area is stripped bare, a featureless monochromatic expanse that sees built structures meeting nothing more than the basic needs of human existence. The group’s Mies lounge chair — a tribute to early modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe — was developed for Poltronova and hardly resembles a chair at all. It is not until one sits down that the detached bench seat combines with the backrest and becomes a full seat. The human body bonds the pieces together to make a chair that is surprisingly functional — and even compact.

The Radical Design movement is experiencing something of a renaissance, and Archizoom Associati’s works featured prominently in 2020’s “Radical: Italian Design 1965-1985” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The collective’s designs were given a global stage in the classic 1972 exhibition “Italy : The New Domestic Landscape” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, but most of the groups associated with Radical Design dissolved by the mid-1970s. The Mies lounge chair is held in MoMA’s permanent collection. 

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Black Superonda Sofa by Archizoom Associati for Poltronova
By Archizoom Associati
Located in Vlimmeren, BE
Designed in 1967 by the radical group Archizoom, this was the first sofa without a conventional frame. It is composed of two waves made from a polyurethane block cut into two parts w...
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1960s Italian Modern Vintage Archizoom Associati

Materials

Faux Leather

Sofa Superonda White by Archizoom for Poltronova
By Archizoom Associati, Poltronova
Located in Milano, IT
Magnificent space age sofa Model SuperOnda with curved and eccentric lines. Designed in 1967 by the radical Florentine Archizoom group for Poltronova, it is the first sofa without a ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Archizoom Associati

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PVC

Coffee Table "Orchid" by Massimo Morozzi Archizoom, 1980s, Italy
By Massimo Morozzi, Archizoom Associati
Located in SAINT-OUEN, FR
Coffee low or cocktail table orchid or orchidea by Massimo Morozzi. Mordore and silver metal lacquered. Very interesting sculptural model. Quite rare and few edition in the 1980s. An...
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Archizoom Associati

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Wood

Iconic Superonda Sofa by Archizoom Assocciati for Poltronova, 1967
By Poltronova, Archizoom Associati
Located in Milan, IT
An icon of Italian Design of the Post-modern Radical design era. The Superonda was a symbol of the new age of the Italian aesthetic. The set is complete of the two wave elements ...
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1960s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Archizoom Associati

Materials

Foam, Latex

650 AEO Lounge Chair by Paolo Deganello for Cassina, 1980s
By Archizoom Associati, Cassina, Paolo Deganello
Located in ABCOUDE, UT
The AEO chair was the last product from the Archizoom group. Designed by Paolo Deganello for Cassina in 1973 as an unconventional interpretation of the contemporary armchair. Using e...
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1970s Vintage Archizoom Associati

Materials

Steel

'Safari' Mid-Century Italian Sofa by Archizoom Associati for Poltronova
By Archizoom Associati
Located in London, GB
A 'Safari lounge sofa. Italy, c1968. Made by Archizoom Associati for Poltronova. White lacquered fibreglass, in four sectional elements. With faux fur upholstery. ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Archizoom Associati

Materials

Fiberglass

Very Rare Safari Lounge Sofa, Archizoom Associati 1968
By Archizoom Associati
Located in Rovereta, SM
"Safari" lounge sofa, Archizoom Associati (assets from 1966 to 1974). Model created in 1968, first edition of Poltronova 1968. In white lacquered fiberglass, composed of four element...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Archizoom Associati

Materials

Fiberglass

Orchid Coffee Table by Massimo Morozzi for Archizoom, 1980s, Italy
By Massimo Morozzi, Archizoom Associati
Located in Zagreb, HR
Very rare coffee or low table 'Orchid' or 'Orchidea' Designed by Massimo Morozzi, an Italian architect who was one of the founders of Archizoom Associati group. Some of his works ar...
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Archizoom Associati

Materials

Wood

Archizoml Associati Safari Armchairs, cirba 1970
By Poltronova, Archizoom Associati
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
iconic Safari armchairs in fiberglass, Foam rubber and velvet Leopard Skin. Designed in 1968 by Archizoom Associati and produced by Poltronova. Italy Circa 1968 Great vintage cond...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Archizoom Associati

Materials

Fabric, Fiberglass

Archizoom Associati, Rare Six-Seater Sofa "Safari", circa 1968, Italy
By Archizoom Associati
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Archizoom Association (1966-1974), six-seater sofa model "Safari", Composed of four modules, White lacquered and upholstered fiberglass structure, Foam-padded seats covered with...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Archizoom Associati

Materials

Fiberglass

Archizoom Associati Modular Safari Imperial Sofa for Paltronova Italy 1970s
By Archizoom Associati
Located in Dallas, TX
The rare and iconic Imperial Safari sofa was designed in 1968 by Archizoom Associati and produced by Paltronova. This set is composed of three modular two seater sections that can be...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Space Age Archizoom Associati

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Fabric, Fiberglass

Armchair with Ottoman Mies Model by Archizoom Associati for Poltronova, Italy
By Archizoom Associati
Located in Milan, Italy
The structure is in chromed metal, the seat in latex sheet that deforms in response to the weight of the body. Ottoman size: W 105 cm x D 20 cm x H 34 cm. Bulbs: 3 x LED E14 3W [ma...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Archizoom Associati

Materials

Metal

Archizoom Associati for Poltrona Mies Chair and Ottoman
By Poltronova, Archizoom Associati
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Archizoom Associati for Poltrona Mies chair and ottoman. Measure: Ottoman 13" H x 8" D x 41" W.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Archizoom Associati

Materials

Stainless Steel, Chrome

Archizoom Associati Sanremo Floor Lamp by Poltronova
By Poltronova, Archizoom Associati
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Sanremo floor lamp (1968). Archizoom (Italy) / Poltronova. Painted sheet steel base and stem with laser-cut methacrylate pendants, halogen (50 watt) / Dimensions: W 38 x H 225 x D...
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1960s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Archizoom Associati

Materials

Metal

Mies Armchair with Ottoman by Poltronova
By Poltronova, Archizoom Associati
Located in Brooklyn, NY
MIES armchair with ottoman (1969). Archizoom (Italy) /Poltronova. Chromed steel frame, a seat in elastic latex that forms to the weight of the body, headrest in pony-skin leather, a ...
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1960s Italian Modern Vintage Archizoom Associati

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Sanremo Floor Lamp by Archizoom Associati
By Archizoom Associati
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Sanremo floor lamp (1968). Archizoom (Italy) / Poltronova. Painted sheet steel base and stem with laser-cut metacrylate pendants, halogen (50 watt) / Dimensions: W 38 x H 225 x D...
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1960s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Archizoom Associati

Materials

Metal

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Floor Lamp Sanremo Model by Archizoom Associati for Poltronova, Italy
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Archizoom Associati furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Archizoom Associati furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of Plastic and are designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Archizoom Associati furniture there are many options to choose from, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock are 12 vintage editions of these items, while there are 2 modern editions to choose from as well. Many original furniture by Archizoom Associati were created in Italy during the 20th century in the modern style. Many customers also consider furniture by Cesare Leonardi and Franca Stagi, Paolo Deganello and Masanori Umeda if you’re looking for additional options. The prices for Archizoom Associati furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at US$2,139 and tops out at US$44,000, while pieces like these can sell for US$4,500 on average.

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