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Andrea Branzi and Michele De Lucchi “AESTHETICS OF MISERY” at Palazzo Litta


At Palazzo Litta next month during Milan Furniture FairAndrea Branzi and Michele De Lucchi present sixteen “social environments” based on the concept of misery, a subject always expressed in arts, cinema and literature but basically alien to design culture. The projects were developed by the students of the Design Faculty of Milan Polytechnic under the supervision of Francesca Balena Arista and Marco De Santi.

Gruppo 16_ Densita

These experimental works investigate the concept of “deprivation”, re-establishing its value as a historical and cultural category of crucial relevance, generative of both “misery” and “nobility”. The condition of the poor, of the last, embodies an anthropologic dimension able to produce new and unexpected considerations. The investigative approach concentrates on the present day: favelas, occupied interstices under highways and bridges, temporary shelters built of cardboard, corrugated iron or fabric… Once beautiful and opulent historical buildings, now disused.

The students’ models convey decadence, uncertainty and decrepitude through an extreme, sometimes brutal, realism. These features, alien to the stylish contemporary design world, are represented by burnt wood, rusty iron, frayed fabric. And everything is covered by a merciless veil of dirt: mud, dust and soot.


Andrea Branzi and Michele De Lucchi

Assistants: Francesca Balena Arista and Marco De Santi

Students’ projects of the 1th year of Master Degree Laboratory of Interior Design, Design Faculty of Milan Polytechnic


14-19 april 2015

Open each day from 10am to 9pm.

Press Preview: Monday, 13th of April, from 4pm to 8pm

Opening Party (by invitation only): Tuesday, 14th of April, from 7pm to midnight

powered by Gaggenau,  Birrificio Milano and Il Furgoncino

5VIE late night: Wednesday, 15th of April, from 6pm to 10pm

Palazzo Litta

Corso Magenta 24, Milan

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