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  • Provenance

    mouvements modernes, Paris, France

  • Exhibited

    Museo Alchimia, 1985; Museé des arts décoratifs, Paris, 1988

  • Literature

    Juli Capella and Quim Larrea, Designed by Architects in the 1980s, New York, 1988, p. 35; Animaux domestique catalogue du Museé des arts décoratifs, Paris, Sera éditeur, 1988, n.p.; Charlotte and Peter Fiell, 1000 Chairs, Cologne, 1997, p. 588 for similar example; Charlotte and Peter Fiell, eds., Domus Vol. X 1985-1989, Cologne, 2006, p. 78

  • Catalogue Essay

    “The difference between a domestic animal and a trained (or tamed) one lies in the fact that the latter is the outcome of an unnatural and violent attitude, while the domestic animal establishes the dream of a loving relationship with man.”
    -Andrea and Nicoletta Branzi, Domestic Animals, 1987, n.p.

    The “Neoprimitive” style in which this collection has been rendered utilizes natural materials such as branches to create an object that brings archetypal symbols into the home, producing emotional effects. These objects combine technology and nature, while the symbols and codes that they entail demonstrate that “a hybrid love between different creatures is possible.” (Branzi, n.p.) Within this series Branzi strives to ‘domesticate’ technological inventions so as to make them a positive presence in our life.

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Rare and important bench, from the “Domestic Animals” series

1985
Painted MDF, tree branches. Manufactured in a small series by Zabro, Italy. With paper label and logo to underside “Animali Domestici Zabro.”
88 1/8 x 71 3/4 x 37 3/8 in. (223.8 x 182.2 x 94.9 cm)

Estimate
$30,000 - 40,000 

Sold for $36,000

Design and Design Art

24 May 2007
2pm New York