Carlo Brandelli was born in London. His first work was Squire, launched in 1992, where Brandelli fused the ideas of art, architecture and design into his work. Early collaborators, clients and admirers of Squire were Alexander Mcqueen ( who wore Squire designs to his first historic Givenchy interview), Massive Attack, Kate Moss, Helmut Lang and most of the iconoclasts of design, music and style scenes. Nick Knight and Peter Saville (Photographer and Art Director respectively) were initial and current collaborators.
After 5 years of the concept work at Squire, in 2003 Kilgour approached Brandelli to become Creative & Design Director. Brandelli set the brief to create a modern hybrid menswear brand combining the craft and heritage of Savile Row with all aspects of contemporary current design. Brandelli conceived the concept of the brand, designed all product, and designed the flagship spaces as well as art directing the campaigns. In 2008, Kilgour changed ownership, Brandelli promptly resigned, leaving the brand he founded as Kilgour. In 2013, Kilgour changed hands again and the new owners approached Brandelli to reprise his role as Freelance Creative Director, the remit was to re position Kilgour as an International Contemporary Bespoke Brand and Tailor. In 2009, Brandelli established his own studio working with luxury brands more privately, working more behind the scenes taking on creative director roles. The studio also focuses more on artistic work, over the years Brandelli's method of working has become increasing linked to an Applied Art discipline, where craft is used as part of the creative process closely alligned to design development. His first sculpture solo show ‘Permanence 2010 - Travertine marble stone & gold’ opened on June 25th 2010 at RCM Galerie in Paris.
In October 2011 several works were made in collaboration with the American contemporary artist Matthew Brannon with Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York and shown at London’s Frieze Art Fair. Brandelli produced a series of abstract coat sculptures made from rubber coated cotton as part of Brannon’s work with Casey Kaplan. Matthew Brannon’s solo show then opened in New York at Casey Kaplan in October 2011 and Brandelli worked on several collaborative pieces all of which have been acquired by the acclaimed Contemporary Rennie Collection at Wing Sang gallery in Vancouver. This year also saw Brandelli debut in a group show at Casey Kaplan.
2013 saw several glass works made in Murano as part of a ‘floating series’, all pieces were acquired by a private collection. In 2015, a second series entitled ‘Glass forms’ was also launched, a first experiment with found and left glass in Murano
Brandelli’s installation ‘Reflective 3’ opened in June 2015 at the Medici Palazzo Florence, the installation was a coloured glass and mirror work commissioned by the Pitti Company as the guest designer project 88.
‘Left Glass’ Brandelli’s second sculptural glass solo show was shown in Paris in January 2016 and at the newly opened applied arts gallery Piano Nobile in April 2016.
Brandelli is a regular contributor and commentator to the International Design scene, and his designs are represented in the permanent archive collections of several Design Museums around the world including The Design Museum in London and the MET in New York.