Andrea Branciforti is an Italian architect and designer from Sicily. In 2004, he founded his brand “Improntabarre”, as well as his studio and design workshop where he collaborates with a network of artisans in the production of high-quality ceramic artefacts. Son of art, he learned from his father the passion for this work, guided by the idea that innovation could also be reached through the use of a non-modern material worked with artisan tools and techniques. The name of his brand, together with his logo, constitute the union of two concepts, serial production and craftsmanship. Every production phase of the object is thus signed both by a bar code -typical of an industrial product- and his fingerprint, proving that the work is handmade.
Improntabarre is a place of ideas, dreams and utopias that are projected into reality, in which the simple but strong gesture of the performer is part of the process of making.
In his creations, he has always tried to reconcile design and functionality by experimenting with new ways of expression. His work is mainly based on research. From time to time, he carries out studies on materials and techniques for his project’s development, whose recurring theme is irony, supported by functionality.