ALESSANDRO MENDINI (1931)


Alessandro Mendini (born 16 August 1931 in Milan) is an Italian designer and architect. He played an important part in the development of Italian design. He also worked, aside from his artistic career, for CasabellaModo and Domus magazines.

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His design has been characterized by his strong interest in mixing different cultures and different forms of expression; he creates graphics, furniture, interiors, paintings and architectures and wrote several articles and books; he is also renowned as an enthusiastic member of jury in architectural competition for young designers. He also teaches at the University of Milan.

Mendini graduated from Politecnico di Milano in 1959 with a degree in architecture and worked as a designer with Marcello Nizzoli. He was the editor-in-chief of a magazine from 1980 to 1985 and changed the landscape of modern design through his quintessential works of postmodernism, such as the Proust Armchair and the Groninger Museum. Just as works of the Renaissance period expressed human values and sensibilities, Mendini has contributed to bringing into the heart of design those “values” and “sensibilities” that have been eclipsed by commercialism and functionalism. He collaborates with leading international brands including Cartier, Hermes, Swarovski, and Supreme New York.

In 1979 and 1981
he was awarded the Compasso d'oro for design,
he is "Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres" in France,
and he has received honours from the Architectural League in New York
and an honorary degree from Milan Polytechnic.
He has been a professor of design at the Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst
in Vienna and an honorary professor at the Academic Council of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in China. 
His works are exhibited in a number of museums and private collections.

In 1989
Alessandro Mendini and his brother Francesco, also an architect, opened Atelier Mendini in Milan, and together they have designed
Fabbriche Alessi in Omegna,
the new Olympic swimming pool in Trieste, a number of subway stations and restoration of the Town Hall in Naples, 
the Byblos Art Hotel-Villa Amistà in Verona,
and the new offices of the Trend Group in Vicenza in Italy, 
as well as a tower in Hiroshima, Japan,
Groningen Museum in Holland, 
a neighbourhood in Lugano, Switzerland, 
the Madsack office building in Hanover,
a commercial building in Lörrach, Germany
and other buildings in Europe and the U.S.A. 


He has worked in several different countries and is an urban planning consultant for a number of cities in Korea, where he is currently working on the new Seoul exhibition centre.


A walk with Mr. Alessandro Mendini…

Alessandro Mendini talks on the wide-ranging themes of decoration in design, alphabets of symbols, and architecture by the archistars. 
The result is that today more than ever, design must be shared and make definitely positive signs and perspectives.