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Guide to the Giuseppe Zambonini papers, 1949-1999

Collection Overview


Kellen Design Archives

Collection Identifier


Creator - Designer

Giuseppe Zambonini, 1942-1990


Giuseppe Zambonini papers, 1949-2013


56 linear ft: 3 record cartons; 8 oversized boxes; 5 map case drawers; 12 rolled items

Language of Materials note

English, Italian


Giuseppe Zambonini (1942-1990) was an Italian-born and, for much of his life, New York-based, architect, interior designer, theater director, and teacher. This collection contains project material in a variety of mediums pertaining to Zambonini’s architectural and design career, as well as items related to his tenure as dean of the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), founder and head of the Open Atelier of Design (OAD), and director of the architecture program at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dating primarily from the 1960s through the late-1980s, materials in the collection include sketches, drawings, plans, and blueprints of Zambonini’s architecture and interior design projects, as well as photographs of the building sites and finished work. Also included are correspondence, photographs, and printed material related to the institutional functioning and teaching at NYSID and OAD. Zambonini’s work as a theater producer and director in Italy is represented by photographs, scripts, audio, and a variety of posters and programs. Finally, the collection contains a small selection of Zambonini’s writings and lectures.

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Giuseppe Zambonini papers, KA.0130.01, box __, folder __, New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

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Selected Curriculum Vitae

Built Projects
1976-1981 Residential loft in Tribeca (Worth St.), New York City
1982 Residential loft in Chelsea (Rob Mounsey loft), New York City
1981 Residential Loft in Greenwich Village (Briggs loft, 686 Broadway), New York City
1980-1983 Residential loft and Open Atelier of Design studios and offices, West 29th St., New York City
1982-1983 Media Room, Hirsch Apartment on Riverside Drive, New York City
1986-1987 Traces of Lattimore (aka Dingman's Ferry and House on a Ridge) in Delaware Township, Pennsylvania, (Zambonini’s only free-standing structure)
Exhibitions (Curated/Designed by Zambonini)
1982-1983 Open Atelier of Design, Carlo Scarpa, Drawing and Photographs, co-curated with Livio Dimitriu and Hiroyuki Toyoda; co-sponsored by The New York Institute of Technology. This was the first exhibition devoted to Carlo Scarpa in the United States. The materials were also exhibited at the Italian Cultural Institute (NYC 1985) and the University of Cincinnati (1985).
1982 Open Atelier of Design, The Isometrics of Alberto Sartoris, co-curated with Livio Dimitriu.
Open Atelier of Design, Substitute Places: Douglas Cooper
Public Lectures (partial list)
1977 May 11 “Space as Proof of Existence,” Institute For Architecture and Urban Studies, New York.
1978 Feb 16 “The Image Notebook, Analysis and Methods,” Open Atelier of Design
1978 May 18 “The Make-up of the Image: Summary and Discussion,” Open Atelier of Design
1979 Apr 11 “Philosophies of Furniture,” Institute For Architecture and urban Studies, New York “Public Spaces in Medieval Italy”, March 25, 1982, OAD
1982 Mar 25 “Public Spaces in Medieval Italy," Open Atelier of Design
Articles by Zambonini
1983 "Process and Theme in the Work of Carlo Scarpa," Perspecta 20, Yale University.
1987 “Notes for a Theory of Making In A Time of Necessity,” Perspecta 24, Yale University.
Exhibitions (about Zambonini and his work)
1980 Faculty Exhibition, Graduate School of Architecture, Yale University
Fall 1985 Three New York Firms: OAD, Steven Holl, UKZ, Graduate School of Architecture, Columbia University
1986 Mar 9-Apr 20 Emerging Voices: Young Architects and Their Work, The Architectural League
1987 Faculty Exhibition, Graduate School of Architecture, Yale University
IDC NY, New York Architects (travelling, Europe and U.S.)
Gullans International, Original Drawings
Fall 2013 Every Thought Flies: Launching the Zambonini Archive, School of Constructed Environments, Parsons The New School for Design (Robert Kirkbride, curator)
Films and Theatrical productions that include Zambonini projects
2001 XX/XY: film, written and directed by Austin Chick, produced by Natural Nylon. Starring Mark Ruffalo, Kathleen Robertson, Maya Stange. Nominated for Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival. Features apartment designed by Zambonini at 12 West 29th St., NY NY, with furniture by Zambonini’s last student, Robert Kirkbride.
2011 The Upside Down House: play by Edward Henwood, inspired by Zambonini’s taped lecture, “On Form.” Directed by Robert Perillo, produced by Brooke Alexander Productions. Play read at The Player’s Club (Gramercy Park, NY, March 2012); full dress rehearsal (September 2011)
2012 A Picture of You: film, directed by J.P. Chan, produced by Robert Chang and Yasmine Gomez. Features the House at Dingman’s Ferry, Pennsylvania.
Publications (about or including Zambonini)
1976 Living in One Room, Jon Naar and Molly Siple, Random House, 1976 (featuring Zambonini’s Coca Cola Apartment on West 12th Street)
1978 Sep Interiors
1979 Jun 14 “A Design Rebel Gathers Disciples,” Suzanne Slesin, New York Times, Home Section
1981 Sep Progressive Architecture
1982 Oct Skyline
1982 Nov 18 “Partial Walls: New Ways to Shape Space,” Carol Vogel, New York Times, Home Section
1983 GA 13 (Global Architecture)
SD 22 (Space Design), Tokyo, Japan
<emph render="italic">New York Times Book of Details</emph>
1985 <emph render="italic">Drawing Interior Architecture</emph>, Whitney Library of Design, N.Y.
1984 Apr 5 “Two Manhattan Apartments Turn Architecture Outside In,” Joseph Giovannini, New York Times, Home Section
1985 Apr 18 “New Built-In Designs Do More Than Add Space,” Joseph Giovannini, New York Times, Home Section New York Times, Arts Section, February 22, 1985, “Architecture: 3 Bright Spots,” Paul Goldberger New York Times, Home Section, February 19, 1987, “The Glow of Wood Paneling: Designers Explore Its Varied Uses,” Joseph Giovannini The Making of Architecture, The Harvard Architecture Review, 1989, published by Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.
1985 Feb 22 “Architecture: 3 Bright Spots,” Paul Goldberger, New York Times, Arts Section
1987 Feb 19 “The Glow of Wood Paneling: Designers Explore Its Varied Uses,” Joseph Giovannini, New York Times, Home Section
1989 "The Making of Architecture," The Harvard Architecture Review, published by Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.

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Biographical note

Giuseppe Zambonini (1942-1990), was born in Viterbo, Italy. As an adolescent, he moved to Verona with his family. After secondary school, Zambonini studied architecture at the University of Florence, working with Leonardo Benevolo and Leonardo Ricci. After graduation, he attended the Istituto Universitario di Architettura in Venice, where he studied with Carlo Scarpa, who directed his thesis on the architectural history of Verona. Other influential professors included Carlo Aymonino, Ignazio Gardella, and Aldo Rossi. Zambonini received his diploma in 1971. While at the university, Zambonini collaborated with the experimental theater company at Ca’ Foscari, University of Venice, directing plays that were performed widely in northeastern Italy, and that won awards at several European festivals. In 1970, Zambonini became artistic and technical director of the Teatro Romanao in Verona, where he was responsible for some sixty performances each summer.

Theater brought Zambonini to the United States in late 1971, to take up an appointment at the Kennedy Center. After budget cuts eliminated the position, Zambonini accepted a teaching position at the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) in New York City. In 1973, Zambonini became NYSID’s academic dean, in which position he revised the curriculum and secured state accreditation for an undergraduate degree program. He left NYSID in 1977 to found the Open Atelier of Design (initially the Open Atelier of Design and Architecture). The OAD's philosophy combined a design school with an apprentice program and working design studio, seeking to balance practice and application with theory and history. Through the Open Atelier, Zambonini merged interior design, architecture, industrial design and theater, emphasizing process exploration through drawing and full-scale making. In his widely published redesign of industrial loft spaces, Zambonini employed partial walls and “skirts” reminiscent of stage sets, using natural light and flexible spatial arrangements that enabled the coherent coexistence of new and old. Instructors and lecturers at the Open Atelier included Marco Frascari, Michael Kalil, George Ranalli, Lauretta Vinciarelli, Peter Eisenman, Richard Serra, Steven Holl, Jean Gardner, and Allan Wexler, among others.

In 1982, Zambonini was included in the first group of the New York Architecture League’s Emerging Voices. Also in 1982, Zambonini paid tribute to his mentor, Carlos Scarpa, by organizing the first U.S. exhibition devoted to the architect's work, and, in 1985, he led an AIA-sponsored study tour of Scarpa’s buildings in Italy. While leading the OAD, Zambonini also taught at the Yale Graduate School of Architecture, from 1981 through 1988; at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, from 1985 through 1988; and frequently served as guest critic at universities across the U.S. In the summer of 1988, Zambonini accepted an appointment as director of the architecture program at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. On July 7, 1990, Zambonini accidentally choked to death at his home in Atlanta. Survivors include his wife, Claudia Zambonini, their daughter, Donata, a brother, and two sisters.

Source for biography: Kenneth Henwood, Robert Kirkbride, Claudia Zambonini


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Scope and Contents note

Through a range of materials primarily from the 1960s through the 1980s, this collection illuminates the work, philosophy, and aesthetic development of Giuseppe Zambonini, covering his work at university and early collaborations as director and producer of experimental and politcal theater in Venice, Italy, to his career as a designer and teacher after moving to the United States. Items of note include Zambonini's thesis work with architect Carlo Scarpa; blueprints of Scarpa's work; photographs, posters, and film documenting Zambonini's participation in the intersecting experimental theater and political scenes in northern Italy and France; papers from his position as academic dean at the New York School of Interior Design; and a wealth of materials from the Open Atelier of Design, the school he founded and led. Especially noteworthy among Open Atelier materials are audio recordings of visiting lecturers, as well as interviews, lectures, and classes led by Zambonini. Zambonini's residential design work is represented by original plans and drawings, photographs, and blueprints. The collection is comprised of an array of formats, ranging from posters, drawings, plans, blueprints, slides, photographs, manuscripts, publications, 16mm film, audio recordings, and printed materials.

Organized into seven series, the collection contains material related to Zambonini’s architectural and interior design projects, as well as his work as a teacher and administrator at architecture schools and design institutes.

The first series is composed primarily of biographical material. This includes items related to Zambonini’s teaching, such as a teaching portfolio and photographs and slides that accompanied his lectures. This series also contains a large amount of audio and visual material, including slides and photographs of buildings, cities, and landscapes, film, and audio reels. Also included in the series are items related to Zambonini’s study of the work of his teacher and mentor, the architect and designer Carlo Scarpa.

The second series consists of correspondence, photographs, and printed material related to Zambonini’s tenure as a teacher and academic dean of the New York School of Interior Design from the early 1970s until 1977. Also included are typescript drafts of Zambonini’s graduation speeches.

In 1977 Zambonini helped to found the Open Atelier of Architecture and Design (later changed to the Open Atelier of Design). The third series contains correspondence, photographs of classes and student work, and printed material (brochures and flyers) related to this institution. There are also a large number of audio recordings of the OAD Lecture Series.

Material relating to Zambonini’s design and architecture projects can be found in the fourth series, including drawings, sketches, plans, and blueprints, as well as photographs of models, site plans, and completed projects. An additional series contains similar materials relating to design projects by others, including Zambonini’s wife, interior designer Claudia Zambonini.

The sixth series contains items from Zambonini’s work as a theater producer and director. Along with scripts, production notes, and photographs, the series includes audio recordings and films of individual productions and rehearsals, as well as posters and flyers.

Finally, the collection contains a small series of some of Zambonini’s writings, including drafts and notes for lectures and presentations, articles in Perspecta and Interiors, interviews about NYSID and OAD, and his thesis on the architecture of Verona, Italy.


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Arrangement note

This collection is organized into 7 series, arranged alphabetically by subject, project title, and content.

  1. Biographical, 1949-1991
  2. New York School of Interior Design, 1972-1997
  3. Open Atelier of Design, 1977-1988
  4. Projects, 1976-1990
  5. Projects by others, 1974-2013
  6. Theater, 1965-1976
  7. Writings, 1979-1990

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Administrative Information

Aaron W. Winslow

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives - 2016 May 9

66 5th Ave./
lobby level
New York, NY, 10011

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Giuseppe Zambonini papers, KA.0130.01, box __, folder __, New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use. Please contact archivist@newschool.edu for appointment.

Use Restrictions

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from the New School Archives and Special Collections. Please contact: archivist@newschool.edu.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated in 2013 by Claudia Zambonini, Melissa Grey, and Robert Kirkbride.

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Related Materials

The papers of Michael Kalil (KA.0119.01), one of the co-founders of the Open Atelier of Design, are held by the New School Archives.


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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Corporate Name(s)

  • New York School of Interior Design.
  • Open Atelier of Design.


  • Correspondence.
  • Drawings.
  • Home movies.
  • Negatives (photographic).
  • Photographs.
  • Sketches.


  • Architects.
  • Designers.
  • Educators.
  • Interior designers.
  • Professors.

Personal Name(s)

  • Scarpa, Carlo, 1906-1978


  • Theater

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Other Finding Aids note

For selected item-level description and images from the Giuseppe Zambonini papers, see The New School Archives Digital Collections at http://digitalarchives.library.newschool.edu/index.php/Detail/collections/KA0130.

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Collection Inventory

Series I. Biographical and teaching 1949-1991 

Selected to selected digital material from this series.  

This series contains a wide variety of materials relating to Zambonini’s personal and professional history. Items pertaining to his work as a teacher can be found here, including his teaching portfolio and slides and photographs that accompanied lectures and presentations. Additional teaching material can be found in the New York School of Interior Design and Open Atelier of Design series. Throughout his life, Zambonini won many awards and recognitions, such as his selection as a part of the Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices in 1982. Materials relating to these accomplishments are found here.

Architect and designer Carlo Scarpa was Zambonini’s thesis advisor and mentor. Throughout his life, Zambonini maintained an active engagement with Scarpa’s work, and is responsible for organizing the first exhibition of Scarpa’s architecture and design projects in the United States. This series contains photographs, printed material, and drawings related to his studies of Scarpa’s work from the 1960s through the 1980s. Materials relating to the OAD-sponsored Scarpa show in 1983 are, however, found in the OAD series. Finally, this series also contains a large amount of audio-visual material, including slide and photographic studies of buildings, cities, and landscapes, as well as film and audio reels.


Box Folder
American Institute of Architects practice exam, 1985 
OSxxx-1 1
Architectural League of New York Emerging Voices, 1986 
1 1
Audio recordings, 1970-1981 
"Conferenzia di Asurias all’europa," 1970 

Material on audio reel.

Alberto Moravia: L'Intervista colpo di stato, 1970s 
Guevara part 1, circa 1960s-circa 1970s 
Guevara part 2, circa 1960s-circa 1970s 
"Marchori," 1970s 

Material on audio reel.

"Musica sacra e profana," circa 1960s-circa 1980s 

Material on audio reel.

Black and white design book, circa 1960s-circa 1970s 
1 2
Business cards, 1980s 
1 3
Carlo Scarpa, 1963-1984 

Materials relating to Zambonini's research, study, and curatorial efforts surrounding the work of architect and designer Carlo Scarpa. Items pertaining to the OAD exhibition of Scarpa's work can be found in the OAD series.

Audio, circa 1960s-circa 1970s 

Materials on a microcassette labeled 'Magagnato/Pietropoli.'

Drawings, plans, sculptures, and sketches, 1963-1974 

Includes drawings and sketches of a number of Scarpa's architectural projects, including Villa Ottolenghi and Castelvecchio.

OSxxx-1 2
Photographs and slides, circa 1970s-circa 1980s 
General, 1979-1985 
1 4
Brion Cemetery, 1970s 
3 1-2
Buildings, 1982 
3 3-17
Castelvecchio, 1973 
3 18-22
Drawings, undated 
3 23
Gipsoteca, 1975 
3 24
New York Institute of Technology, circa 1970s-circa 1980s 
3 25-26
Villa Ottolenghi, 1984 
3 27
Yale School of Architecture exhibition--Carlo Scarpa: Drawings from the Brion Cemetary, 1984 

Focusing on Scarpa's Brion Cemetary design, Zambonini was a consultant on this exhibition, which used drawings previously featured in OAD's Scarpa show.

1 5
Printed material, 1949-1991 
Books and periodicals, 1964-1978 
General architecture, 1976-1990 
1 18
American Architectural Alternatives, 1960s 
1 19
Cat People, 1978 

Features a photograph of Zambonini. The original photograph can be found in Photographs and slides section of the Biographical series under the title Portrait of Zambonini with cat.

1 20
Firenza, 11 Agosto, 1944-1964, 1964 
1 21
The Designer, 1975 
OSx-1 3
Frank Lloyd Wright blueprint book, undated 
HA 4
Russian Revolution posters, circa 1950s-circa 1980s 
Team 10 Primer, 1968 
OSx-1 4
Flyers for lectures by Zambonini, 1976-1989 
1 22
Inscribed or sent, 1949-1991 
Einstein Tomb by Lebbeus Woods, 1980 
1 23
Pamphlet Architectureby Livio Dimitiu, 1979 
1 24
Strutture naturali e modelli bionici, 1982 
1 25
The Dot and the Line, sent by Alexander B., 1963 
1 26
Il gato con gli stivali, 1949 

Inscribed by GZ.

1 27
Gerald Hahn exhibition catalogue, sent by Lenora Hahn, 1989 
1 28
Acker, sent by Brad Brooks, 1991 
1 29
Mississippi State School of Architecture brochure, sent by Karen Bluhm, 1990 
1 30
Le Corbusier exhibition catalogue, inscribed by Guillermo Jullian de la Fuente, 1975 
1 31
Pamphlet Architecture 5, inscribed by Stephen Hall, 1980-1981 
1 32
Posters, 1963-1990 
General, 1969 
MC E 1 1
Architecture lectures, conferences, and exhibitions, 1978-1990 
General, 1978-1990 
MC E 1 2
OSx-1 5
OSxx-1 1
OSxxx-1 3
Featuring Zambonini, 1978-1985 
OSxxx-1 4
Design, 1975 
OSxx-1 2
Film screenings and art exhibitions, 1963-1989 
MC E 1 3
OSxxx-1 5
International Union of Students, 1964-1967 
OSx-1 6
Political, 1966-1969 
MC E 1 4
OSx-1 7
OSxx-1 3
OSxxx-1 6
Press on Zambonini, 1979-1987 
OSxxx-1 7
Correspondence, 1987 

Additional corespondence can be found in the New York School of Interior Design, Open Atelier of Design, and Theater series.

1 6
Curriculum vitae, circa 1985 
1 7
Film, 1970s 

Filmed on Super-8, Zambonini's home movies document his travels around New York and the US.

Coney Island, 1976 
Coney Island, 1976  

Documentation of Zambonini's trip to Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY, including footage of the beach, amusement park and rides, and carnival games, as well as street scenes of the neighborhood.

"DC Folk Festival," 1970s 
New York scenes (Unidentified 1), circa 1971 

This film consists of footage of coastal areas around New York City, New Jersey, and Long Island. The Verrazano Bridge is easily identified in the first few minutes. Zambonini and others are seen fishing and, later, playing with a cat on the lawn.

"Partenza Michelangelo," circa 1971 
Partenza Michelangelo, circa 1971  

This film consists of footage of the transatlantic ocean liner Michelangelo immediately prior to its departure from lower Manhattan. There are scenes featuring Zambonini, an unidentified friend, and possibly his first wife.

Ponte di Veia, circa 1971 

Documents Zambonini and friend's trip to Ponte di Veia and the surrounding towns, including a picnic lunch.

"San Genaro," 1970s 
"Shannon Nixon," 1970s 
Villa d'Este (Unidentified 3), circa 1971 

Footage of a trip to Villa d'Este in Tivoli, Italy.

Viterbo (Unidentified 4), circa 1971 

Footage of a trip to Viterbo, Italy. Zambonini and friends and family fly model planes, shop, look at pottery, and eat food.

Zambonini family camping trip (Unidentified 2), circa 1971 

Documentation of a Zambonini family camping trip near Fellowsville, West Virginia. The family is seen fishing, cooking meals over a camp fire, and shopping in the country stores in town.

Georgia Tech appointment announcement, 1988 
1 8
Interiors award, 1980 
1 9
Memorial service card, 1990 

Includes design mock-up, order form, and final version of card for Zambonini's funeral and memorial service.

1 10
Personale, circa 1960s-circa 1980s 

A folder created by Zambonini, it contains writings, letterhead, photographs, and sketches by and of Zambonini.

OSx-1 1
Photographs and slides, circa 1960s-1990 
General, circa 1960s-circa 1980s 
1 11
Abatews, circa 1970s-circa 1980s 
3 28
American Institue of Architects trip to London, 1989 
3 29
Architectural models, Modern Movement, NYID, 1973-1978 
3 30
Bepi Fiori, circa 1970s-circa 1980s 
3 31
Biennale sites, 1984 
3 32
Bimbi Grenoble, circa 1960s-circa 1970s 
4 1
Binders, 1985 

Negatives and photographs organized by Zambonini, including handwritten technical specifications for photo development.

'Models and Reproductions: for poster, shows, portfolios, to be printed,' 1985 

Includes photos and negatives of the Reliquary, the Worth St. loft, OAD Studio, Navarro, and the OAD exhibition at Columbia.

1 13
Reproduction and darkroom, 1985 

Negatives and test prints as well as technical instructions and specs on darkroom and developing procedures.

1 14
Bread and Puppet Theater, circa 1970s 
1 15
Graham Avenue Brooklyn property, 1970s 
1 16
Italy, 1978 
1 17
Michael Kalil, 1970s 
3 33
Montgomery, AL, 1980s 
3 34
New York City, 1973-1977 
3 35
NJAE Paris Prize/Yale Students/Via Vitrunio/OADA Classes, 1974-1977 
3 36
Of Zambonini 
General, circa 1960s-circa 1970s 
4 2
Beppe and Nadir, 1989 
1 12
Portrait of Zambonini with cat, 1978 

Photo used in the book Cat People, a copy of which can be found in the Printed material section of the Biographical series.

OSx-1 2
Puzzle, circa 1960s-circa 1980s 
3 37
SHJC Show, 1982 
3 38
Teaching, 1974-1990 
Architecture 072, 1974-1989 

Lecture slides used in a course at Georgia State.

3 39
Architecture 074, 1974-1989 

Lecture slides used in a course at Georgia State.

3 40
Barragan and Pompidou, 1970s 
3 41
Black and white plants and flowers, 1970s 
3 42
Introduction to technology, circa 1970s-circa 1980s 
3 43
On drawing, representation, and painting, circa 1970s-circa 1980s 
3 44
Philosophy of Furniture, circa 1979 
3 45
Primitive buildings and culture, circa 1970s-circa 1980s 
3 46
"Second year bridge problem: bridges around Atlanta," 1989 

Teaching material from Georgia State.

3 47
"Second year gate problem: gates around Atlanta," 1989 

Teaching material from Georgia State.

3 48
Student bridge design, 1989 
3 49
Student work, 1989 
3 50
"Stockton Construction/Anna Braioni/Fred Ellman Party," 1981 
3 51
Verona and Erba, 1982 
3 52
Vietnam memorial, circa 1970s-circa 1980s 
3 53
Sketches, circa 1970s-circa 1980s 
By Zambonini, circa 1970s-circa 1980s 
1 33
Of Zambonini, circa 1970s-circa 1980s 
1 34
Table centerpiece, circa 1988-1990 

Sculpture made by Zambonini while living in Atlanta.

1 35
Teaching portfolio--Liceo Artistico Statal, circa 1960s-circa 1971 
Yale School of Architecture, 1977-1983 

This material relates to Zambonini's work as a visiting professor at the Yale School of Architecture in the early 1980s.

Retrospecta and department bulletins, 1977-1983 
1 36
Paper mill trip photographs, 1983 
1 37
Young Architects exhibition material, 1980 
1 38

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Series II. New York School of Interior Design 1972-1978, 1997 

Linke to selected digital material from this series.  

In 1972, Zambonini began teaching at the New York School of Interior Design, and in 1973 he was appointed academic dean. This series contains material relating to his work as a teacher and administrator at this institution from the time of his appointment until he left in 1977, including correspondence, drafts of graduation speeches, photographs of classes and student work, flyers and posters, and press clippings about the NYSID.

Box Folder
Annual exhibitions, 1975-1977 

Includes posters, flyers, and photographs related to the NYSID annual exhibitions.

1 39-40
1 41
Commencement speeches, 1974-1976 

Typescript, with handwritten corrections, of commencement speeches given by Zambonini in his capacity as dean of the NYSID.

1 42
Correspondence, 1977 
1 43
Inside magazine, 1972-1977 
1 44
Newsletter, 1997 
1 45
Posters, 1977 
OSxx-1 4
Photographs and slides, 1973-1978 
General, 1970s 
3 54
Design and education slide portfolio, 1976-1977 
1 46
"Good Drawings," 1975 
3 55
Phoenix House remodeling, 1970s 
3 56

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Series III. Open Atelier of Design 1977-1988 

Link to selected digital material from this series.  
Link to audio recordings of the Open Atelier of Design lecture series.  

This series contains material pertaining to the instruction and design work of the Open Atelier of Design, which Zambonini helped found in 1977. Herein can be found correspondence, course descriptions, photographs and slides of student work and class sessions, as well as press clippings, flyers, posters, and brochures. Additionally, this series holds a large cache of audio recordings of the OAD Lecture Series, which featured talks by many prominent architects, designers, and artists of the 1970s and 1980s. The physical recordings are included in the collection, but the audio has also been digitized and is available on the New School Archives website.

Also included in this series are drawings, sketches, plans, photographs, and slides relating to the design and construction of the second OAD studio and offices, and Zambonini's upstairs apartment, located on West 29th St. in Manhattan.


Box Folder
Carlo Scarpa: Drawings and Photographs exhibition, 1973-1985 

The first major retrospective exhibition of Carlo Scarpa's art, architecture, and design, Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978): Drawings and Photographs was organized by Zambonini and the OAD and opened in 1983 at the OAD studio on West 29th St. The exhibition traveled to several other locations in 1985, including the NYC Italian Cultural Institute, Miami University of Ohio, and the University of Quebec at Montreal.

Exhibition boards, circa 1982 

1 47
Crate 1 1A-8 (15 boards)
Crate 2 9A-15C (13 boards)
Photographs and printed material, 1983 

Contains flyers, posters, and photos of the exhibition.

3 57
OSxxx-1 8
Columbia University exhibition materials, 1985-1989 

Contains drawings, plans, and slides relating to the exhibition showcasing OAD's design work at Columbia University in 1985.

1 48
OSxxx-1 9
Correspondence, 1979-1986 
1 49
Logo design, circa 1977-circa 1988 
1 50
Lecture Series, 1977-1988 

Contains printed schedule of speakers and audio recordings of individual lectures. Many of the 86 cassette tapes containing the audio of the lecture have been digitized and hosted on the New School Archives website.

1 51
Photographs and slides, circa 1977-circa 1988 
General, circa 1977-circa 1988 
1 52
'Beppe and Fabio in studio' , 1985 
1 53
Carmelo di Bartolo class at OAD Tribeca, circa 1977-circa 1988 
1 54
Classes, classrooms, and studio spaces, 1977 
1 55
Lecture with Ward Bennett, 1977 
2 1
Spacemaking class with Michael Kalil, 1977 
2 2
Tekne' poster, circa 1980s 
2 3
Printed material, 1977-1985 

Contains brochure and exhibition flyers, press clippings, and a promotional card featuring a design by Ugo Pizzarello.

Brochures, 1977-1985 
2 4
Posters, 1981-1982 
OSxx-1 5
OSxxx-1 10
Press, 1975-1987 
2 5
Promotional card, circa 1980s 
2 6
Studio and Zambonini apartment project design, 1980-1987 

This grouping contains materials related to the design and buliding of the OAD studio and Zambonini's apartment on the second floor. Located on West 29th St and opening in 1984-1985, this was the second location of the OAD offices, the first being in Zambonini's Worth St. loft.

Conference table design, circa 1980-circa 1987 
2 7
MC H 1 1
Display boards, circa 1980-circa 1987 
MC H 1 3
Drawings, sketches, and plans, 1981-1985 
2 8
HA 5
HA 8
MC H 1 2
OSx-1 8
OSxx-1 6
OSxxx-3 1
Photographs and slides, 1980-1987 
2 9
3 58-59
OSx-1 9
Theater courses, 1982 

Contains syllabi and course descriptions for theater-related offerings at OAD.

2 10

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Series IV. Projects 1976-1990 

Link to digital materials from this series.  

This series holds items documenting Zambonini’s architecture and interior design projects from the late 1970s until the end of his life, in both a personal capacity and while at the OAD. Organized by individual projects, this series consists primarily of drawings, sketches, plans and blueprints of the projects, as well as photographs and slides of building sites and completed buildings and interior design work. Materials pertaining to Zambonini's design of the OAD offices and upstairs apartment on West 29th St. in NYC are found in the OAD series.

Box Folder
General photographs, 1980s 
Elitzer and Open Atelier of Design studio, 1980s 
2 11
Leffel and Elitzer, 1980s 
2 12
72nd Street (Leboff Apartment) photographs, 1976 

Envelope containing negatives removed. Labeled "PROVINI FOR 330 West 72nd (LEBOFF)"

2 13
Atlanta house drawings, 1989-1990 

Contains drawings relating to Zambonini's design of his residence in Atlanta at 627 Old Ivy Road.

OSxxx-3 2
CocaCola apartment, circa 1970s-circa 1980s 

Located at 77 East 12th St, this apartment takes its name from the prominent incorporation of the CocaCola logo on the living room wall.

Drawings, sketches, and plans, circa 1970s-circa 1980s 
OSxxx-3 3
Slides, circa 1970s-circa 1980s 
3 60
DiCamillo kitchen, 1984 
Drawings, plans, and sketches, circa 1984 
OSx-1 10
Photographs and slides, 1984 
2 14
Elitzer loft, 1983-1984 
Photographs and slides, 1983-1984 
3 61
OSx-1 11
Drawings, sketches, and plans, circa 1983-1984 
OSxxx-3 4
F.L.W. Robie House blueprints, circa 1970s-circa 1980s 
Frank Best front driveway photographs, circa 1970s-circa 1980s 
2 15
OSx-2 1
Furniture, circa 1970s-circa 1980s 
MC E 4 1
Gary Young loft, circa 1970s-circa 1980s 
MC E 4 2
Hirsch media room, 1982-1985 

Materials relate to Zambonini's design and renovation of a media room in an apartment on Riverside Drive in Manhattan.

Display board, circa 1982-circa 1985 
MC E 4 3
Drawings, sketches, and plans, 1982-1983 
HA 1
MC E 4 4
Photographs and slides, 1982-1985 
2 16
3 62
OSx-2 2
Manchester project drawing, circa 1970s-circa 1980s 
MC E 4 5
Medieval-style study space drawings and plans, circa 1970s-circa 1980s 
2 17
MC H 1 4
Navarro House, 1984-1985 

Materials pertaining to a planned house in Cadaques, Spain.

Drawings, sketches, and plans, 1984-1985 
General, 1984-1985 
HA 9
MC H 1 5
OSx-2 3
OSxxx-3 5
Sketches by Arnold Lee, 1985 

In 1985, Arnold Lee worked as Zambonini's OAD student assistant, and contributed drawings and sketches to projects including Navarro House and Traces of Lattimore. Lee is now an architect and senior project director with HOK, based in New York, LA, and San Francisco.

OSxxx-3 6
Design drawings, 1984-1985 
Early, 1984-1985 
MC E 5 1
OSxxx-3 7
Final, 1985 
MC E 5 2
Site plans, circa 1984-circa 1985 
General, circa 1984-circa 1985 
OSx-2 4
From engineer in Barcelona, circa 1984-circa 1985 
MC E 5 3
From trip to site, circa 1984-circa 1985 
Original, circa 1984-circa 1985 
HA 10
Photographs and slides, 1984 
General, circa 1984 
2 18
OSx-2 5
Photographs of landscapes and buildings in Cadaques, 1984 
3 63
New Dramatist, 1982 
2 19
The Reliquary, 1979 

These materials relate to Zambonini's speculative design project The Reliquary. Zambonini discusses the dreamscape origins and utopian concept behind the design in his lecture "Process, Representation, and Form," found in the Writings series. Alongside the drawings and photraphs related to this project design there is also a three dimensional model of the building.

Drawings, sketches, and plans, 1979 
2 20
MC E 5 4-5
OSx-2 6
Model, circa 1979 
Photographs and slides, 1979-1982 
3 64
MC E 5 6
Richard Artschwager renovation, Brooklyn, circa 1970s-circa 1980s 
MC F 1 1
Scuola Media, circa 1970s-circa 1980s 

A speculative building design for a school.

Drawings, sketches, and plans, circa 1970s-circa 1980s 
MC F 1 2
Photographs and slides, circa 1970s-circa 1980s 
2 21
4 3
Three lofts, 1976-1985 

While Zambonini designed lofts throughout his architectural career, the Briggs, Worth St., and Mounsey lofts are commonly grouped together, and they exemplify Zambonini's early development of open design techniques. The lofts were the subject of several feature articles in architecture and interior design magazines.

General drawings, sketches, and plans, 1977 

Contains drawings, sketches, and plans of all three loft projects.

MC F 1 3
Articles and publicity for lofts, 1981-1985 
Interiors award, 1985 
2 22
Loft Scene, 1982 
2 23
Progressive Design, 1981 
OSx-2 7
Briggs, circa 1981 

Built for Jack and Debbie Briggs, this loft is located at 684 Broadway, 8th floor.

Drawings, sketches, and plans, circa 1981 
2 24
MC F 1 4
Photographs, circa 1981 

Includes photographs of finished loft, during construction, and existing conditions prior to renovations.

3 65
OSx-2 8
Rob Mounsey, circa 1982 
Drawings, sketches, and plans, circa 1982 
2 25
OSxxx-4 1
Photographs and slides, circa 1982 
3 66
Worth St., 1976-1981 

One of Zambonini's loft projects from the late 70s/early 80s, the Worth St. loft in Tribeca is also referred to as "Loft 1" in the Progressive Architecture feature on Zambonini's lofts. The Worth St. loft was also the residence of Zambonini and first home of the Open Atelier of Design, prior to the construction of their 29th street offices, studios, and Zambonini apartment.

Drawings, sketches, and plans, 1977 
2 26
HA 3
MC F 1 5
OSxxx-4 2
Photographs and slides, 1976-1981 
2 27-28
3 67
OSx-2 9
Traces of Lattimore, 1985-1999 

Also referred to as Dingman's Ferry, House on a Ridge, and the Zambonini House, Traces of Lattimore was a house built in Delaware Township, Pennsylvania. It was Zambonini’s only completed free-standing structure.

Drawings, sketches, and plans, 1985-1999 
General, 1986 
HA 6
MC F 5 1
OSx-2 10
Drawings and cardboard models, 1985-1999 
OSxxx-4 3
Concept drawings and preliminary sketches, 1985-1986 

One sketch contains a caricature of Beppe and Arnold Lee, drawn by Arnold Lee. In 1985, Arnold Lee worked as Zambonini's OAD student assistant, and contributed drawings and sketches to projects including Navarro House and Traces of Lattimore. Lee is now an architect and senior project director with HOK, based in New York, LA, and San Francisco.

OSx-2 11
Kirkbride plans for tower, circa 1980s 
OSx-2 12
Lot 97, 1985 
MC F 5 2
OSx-2 13
OSxxx-4 4
Lot 98, 1985-1987 
Early sketches, circa 1985 
OSx-2 14
"Ozalid Prints," 1987 
OSxxx-4 5
Spec House, 1985-1987 
MC F 5 3
Photographs and slides, 1985-1988 
General, 1985 
2 29
Best pics after completion, 1988-1989 
3 68
Best pics before final work, 1988-1989 
3 69
Framing, 1986 
3 70
Foundations, 1986 
3 71
Landscape, 1985-1986 
3 72
Roof carpentry, 1986 
3 73
Siding, 1986 
3 74
Students working, 1986-1989 
3 75
Unidentified sketches, drawings and plans, circa 1970s-circa 1980s 
MC F 5 4
Valli Fahri, circa 1970s-1980s 
2 30
Zuckermann kitchen, circa 1980s 
2 31

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Series V. Projects by others 1974-2013 

Included here are drawings, sketches, plans, and blueprints of architectural and design projects by designers other than Zambonini. Of particular note are speculative building designs by Zambonini’s wife, Claudia Zambonini, and building and chair designs by his cousin, Bepi Fiori.

Box Folder
Claudia Zambonini, 1975-1985 
3 77
MC F 5 6
S. Sebastiano, Universita' Agli Studi di Venezia plans, undated 
MC F 5 7
Bepi Fiori, 1974 
3 76
MC F 5 5
OSx-3 1-2
OSxx-1 7
Robert Kirkbride: Archive launch exhibition for "Every Thought Flies (October-November 2013), 2013 

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Series VI. Theater 1965-1976 

This series documents Zambonini’s work as a theater producer and director in the 1960s and early 1970s in Venice. His experimental theatre and dance company, the Teatro Romano, was influenced by Brechtian modernist theatre as well as the Happenings and Fluxus movements of the Sixties. Materials in this series include scripts, performance and production notes, and photographs as well as posters, flyers, and other promotional material for individual productions. Also of note are audio recordings of plays and performances in Italian.

Box Folder
Audio, circa 1960s-circa 1970s 
Kathakali, 1972 
Il Gatto con gli stivali, circa 1960s-circa 1970s [2 reels] 
Teatro ambiente con Paul Klee, circa 1960s-circa 1970s [2 reels] 
Torotumbo, circa 1960s-circa 1970s 
Clippings, 1968-1971 
2 31
Correspondence, 1971-1972 
2 33
Kathakali book, circa 1960s 

Book used as reference for the Teatro Romano production, Kathakali.

2 34
Koralle,  Gas 1,  Gas 2, 1960s 
2 35
Ma-Ma-Ma, 1960s 
Script and program, circa 1960s 
2 35
Slides, circa 1960s 

These images were projected during the performance.

2 37
Photographs, slides, and negatives, circa 1960s-circa 1970s 
Arena di Verona, 1968 
4 4
"Happening on the Adige River," 1970 
2 39
Royal Winnipeg Ballet, 1980s 

Includes photo of Zambonini.

2 40
Spetacoli di Renato Padoan, 1960s 
4 5
Storia del teatro, 1960s 
4 6
Teatro romano, circa 1960s-circa 1970s 
4 7
General, circa 1968-1972 

Contains visual material relating to many of the plays and performances produced and directed by Zambonini, including Ma-Ma-Ma,  Klee in Castelvechio,  Kathakali,  Torotumbo, among others.

2 38
4 8
Torotombo and  Kathkali, 1960s 
4 9
Posters, 1965-1976 
2 41
HA 15
HA 2
MC E 1 5
OSxx-1 8
OSxxx-4 6
Teatro Romano film, 1970s 

The first reel documents several meals with Zambonini and friends--the first, a birthday dinner at table, and the second, an outdoor picnic lunch at an Italian villa.The second reel shows the company preparing sets and costumes and, later, performing or rehearsing a dance sequence outdoors.

Part 1, 1970s 
Part 2, 1970s 
Teatro Universitario di Ca' Foscari - Un Legno a Vapore and writings, 1970 
2 42
Verona Shakespeare Festival catalogue, 1970 
2 43

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Series VII. Writings 1979-1990 

Link to digital materials from this series.  

This series contains a small selection of Zambonini’s writings from 1979 through 1990. The writings consist of drafts and notes for lectures and presentations, an article in Perspecta, a letter to the editor featured in Interiors, and interviews about NYSID and OAD. Also featured are photographs and other research material used while writing his thesis on urban planning in Verona, Italy, written under the direction of Carlo Scarpa. Graduation speeches written and given by Zambonini as head of the New York School of Interior Design can be found in the NYSID series.

Box Folder
"Cara Mamma" , circa 1989-1990 
2 44
"Con Ed + Shakers" , circa 1960s-circa 1970s 
4 10
Interviews, circa 1973-circa 1989 

Interviews with Zambonini about the New York School of Interior Design and the Open Atelier of Design, respectively. In both cases, the interviewers and sponsoring organizations or publications are unknown.

New York School of Interior Design, circa 1973-1977 
2 45
Open Atelier of Design, circa 1977-1989 

Interview with Zambonini about the Open Atelier of Design. The interviewer and/or sponsoring organization or publication are unknown.

2 46
Letter to Interiors, 1979 
2 47
"Notes for a Theory of Making in a Time of Necessity," 1988 

Photographs used in Zambonini's article "Notes for a Theory of Making in a Time of Necessity,"  Perspecta 24 (1988): 2-24. Also includes an audio recording of an interview for the article, in which Zambonini defines the Open Atelier of Design design-build practice.

2 48
5-6 KAO130_YA_01 and KAO130_YA_02
"Process, Representation, and Form," 1990 
Slides, 1973-1990 
4 11-12
Typescript, 1990 
2 49
Relazione: Contruzione di un modello di conoscenza della ciita' e ipotesi progettuali-Applic.: la citta' di Verona, circa 1960s-circa 1970s 
2 50
"Representation and/or the Making of Form" , 1979-1988 

Lecture presented at the Georgia Tech Symposium on Representation.

Slides, 1979-1988 
2 51
Typescript draft, 1988 

Lecture given while Zambonini was at Georgia Tech, as part of a joint symposium with Clemson University.

2 52
Thesis materials, 1960s 

Written while attending the Istituto Universitario di Architettura in Venice,Zambonini's graduate thesis was directed by the architect and designer Carlo Scarpa. The thesis takes as its subject urban planning in, and the architectural history of, Verona. Included here are notes, photographs, maps, and other materials used by Zambonini in researching his thesis. There are not, however, any drafts of the thesis.

2 53-57
OSxx-1 9

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