Italian architectural and design studio
Archizoom Associati (1966–1974) was a dynamic and utopian Italian architectural and design studio, one of the founders of the Florentine Radical movement, and the strongest voice of the Radical Architecture movement. Although it was an organized movement for less than a decade, its concepts hold a revered status today and are standard topics in design and architectural curricula, and many of the studio’s designs and product ideas are in prominent museum collections around the world. read more
The next year, Archizoom organized its second exhibition, titled “Superarchitettura 2.” Shortly thereafter, Archizoom added two new members, the designers Dario Bartolini (1943) and Lucia Bartolini (1944), into its collaborative studio. The infusion of these new creative spirits accelerated Archizoom’s momentum and assertiveness, and the traditional elements of refined and elegant Italian design were set aside in favor of playful, boundary-pushing forms that echoed the energy of the contemporary Pop Art age. By breaking these rules, Archizoom’s members also established new parameters for art, architecture, and design and the ways in which all three could be integrated into the modern lifestyle. To that end, their design of the exhibition “No-Stop City” (1970) revealed their powerful ability to expand their design thinking to the realm of the modern city by incorporating a novel vision of urbanization.
Their work ascended to international acclaim with the display of their creations at the landmark “Italy: The New Domestic Landscape” exhibition in New York in 1972. Unbound by a particular medium, the masterminds of Archizoom explored the implications of Radical design across various disciplines. It was perhaps their individual quests for ongoing innovation that led to the group’s dissolution in 1974 as the members moved on to pursue their own practice.
Last updated: January 24, 2019
For additional information on Archizoom Assciati, please visit:
“Archizoom Associati.” Poltronova.
“Superstudio & Archizoom 1968-1972.” 032c.