Edition : First / Milan / Idea Books / 1987 / Softcover. / Near Fine 8vo. Unpaginated (ca 88pp). Printed wraps as issued. Colour and Black & White plates. Text in Italian. Flatsigned by Branzi and dated 1987 to titlepage.
In 1985 – 1986, Andrea Branzi created a mysterious collection of prototype creature-objects collectively known as Domestic Animals. These are designs that are fetishistic and contemplative, bringing to mind magic or tribal rituals. The objects of Domestic Animals introduced an environment of symbols and materials that invited a new way of inhabiting the home. Branzi hoped to establish a new relationship between object and user. Uniting percision of design with natural raw materials, these objects, fashioned from tree trunks, wood sticks, animal skins, and bamboo rods of steel painted in bright totemic colors, could not fail to provoke a response. Taken out of their wild setting and tamed by technology, Domestic Animals established a relationship with man, sharing in his most private space.