Barbara Brondi and Marco Rainò are architects interested in experimentation through their planning practice, theoretical research and critical thinking about architecture, contemporary design and graphics. In 2002 they establish BRH+ a firm devoted to design characterized by a comprehensive approach, derived from the concept of architecture practice that is open to the convergence of disciplines.
Their architectural projects, at different use and various scale, are object of numerous Italian and international publications (Domus, Abitare, Interni, The Plan, Frame, Bob Magazine Korea, DHD, Monocle, Icon Design). In 2010 BRH+ was selected to be part of the exhibition Young Italian Architects at the Triennale di Milano, where the best projects realized by Italian architects under 40 are shown.
In 2014 IN Residence Diary #5 “Little Daily Wonders” was included in ADI Design Index 2014, that collects, year after year, the best of Italian Design put into production selected by ADI Design Permanent Observatory.
Conceivers of many exhibitions and editorial projects, they are curators of the IN Residence project as well as all the events correlated to it, such as annual thematic workshops, the collective exhibitions “Ten Small Atlases/Ten Processes Behind Ten Objects” (Milan 2010), “Another Terra” (Milan, Basel, Venice Biennale, Kortijk Biennale Interieur 2012), “Desiderabilia” (Milan 2014), “The Reading Ritual” (Milan 2015), a series of public talks “Design that Talks!” and the collection of books “Design Dialogues” published by Corraini Edizioni.
In 2014, invited by Hans Ulrich Obrist (curator of the Swiss Pavilion), the IN Residence project is guest and protagonist of the prestigious program “Swiss Summer School” at the Swiss Pavilion in the Gardens of the XIV Venice Biennale di Architettura.
Among the most recent curatorial projects are: the group exhibition “Over Design Over” at the Rocca Paolina in Perugia (2009), the conceiving and direction of the event “Visualising Transformation” in the context of “Artissima Design” in Torino (2010), the projects “This is My Forest/The Harvest Cycle” (2011) and “A Voyage in Lightness” (2011) respectively dedicated to the work by Mischer’Traxler and Lanzavecchia+Wai, the group exhibition “The Threads that Bind Us” and the project “Liliana Ovalle: The Chroma Season” both realized for Plusdesign gallery in Milano (2012).
They have been on-line Editors for Abitare magazine and authors of “On Display”, a project about experimental design.
As Graphic Designers and Art Directors they have worked among the others for Vivienne Westwood, Marlene Kuntz and Adidas; from 2011 to 2013 they have been Art Director of the monthly Interior Design magazine Bravacasa by RCS Periodici.
From 2014 they work for the company LAGO as Art Director.
They are in charge of the graphic design and Art Direction for the music band Subsonica
Marco Rainò writes critical essays for well-known international magazines and is invited as lecturer in many public debates.
He is co-author (with Sanford Kwinters) of the book Rem Koolhaas. Verso un’architettura estrema (Postmediabook, 2002), curator of the Italian best seller by Charles Landry City Making, l’arte di fare la città (Codice, 2009) and of the cult written work Cos’è un designer by Norman Potter (Codice Edizioni, 2010). He is author of the book Over Design Over, Materia, Tempo e Natura nel design contemporaneo (Silvana Editoriale, 2009) and together with Barbara Brondi of the nine volumes of the collection IN Residence, Design Dialogues (Corraini Edizioni, 2009 – 2015).
Currently he is columnist for the magazine Icon Design (Mondadori) as author of the section “Pensiero Radiale”.
After teaching many years at Politecnico di Torino (Laboratorio di Progettazione Architettonica) he is currently Project Leader at the Domus Academy in Milan and supervises the Interior Design Department at IAAD in Turin.