Zambonini Archive Acquisition Featured in The Architect’s Newspaper



The Architect’s Newspaper recently covered the acquisition of the Zambonini Archive by Parsons’ Kellen Design Archives. Italian architect and educator Guiseppe Zambonini (1942-1990) exerted a powerful influence on the New York design scene from the time of his arrival in 1972 until his death in 1990. Zambonini’s approach to design merged architecture, interior design, industrial design and performance, and stressed both drawing and full-scale making as forms of process exploration. He founded the Open Atelier of Design, a combination design-build practice and non-accredited school that he described as, “partially school and partially studio.”  The Zambonini archive was brought to the Kellen Design Archives by SCE Associate Dean Robert Kirkbride, who was one of Zambonini’s last students.