Alessandro Mendini

“I like irony, I like to play a game, I like to stay far away from rhetoric: that’s the reason why I let the objects I design express all these ideas, turning them into a sort of toys you can use even though you’ve grown up.” Alessandro Mendini, Italian designer and architect

Alessandro Mendini
Alessandro Mendini

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About his life

Alessandro Mendini was born in Milan in 1931. Through his work as an architect, designer, journalist, and publisher, Mendini has helped establish the Italian design sensibility on a global scale—with a particular focus on neo-modern, avant-garde design, as well as the cross-over between art, design and architecture.

Alessandro Mendini with Amuleto Lamp for Ramun
Alessandro Mendini with Amuleto Lamp for Ramun

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Mendini’s work spans the arenas of graphics, furniture, interiors, architecture, stage design, writing, and painting. He was the publisher of the popular magazines Casabella (1970-76), Modo and Domus (each 1979-85). In 1979, he joined Ettore Sottsass and Michele De Lucchi as a partner at Studio Alchimia before he cofounded Domus Academy in 1982.

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What are the main features of Mendini’s style?

Alessandro Mendini’s work is categorically contemporary, characterized by bright colors and non-traditional shapes as an exploration of how one discipline can be affected by another.

Kandissi Sofa, Atelier Mendini
Kandissi Sofa, Atelier Mendini

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Much of Mendini’s artistic approach attempts to inject new meaning or new perspective into everyday objects such as furniture or homewares, a method that the Italian artist refers to as “re-design”, which was a notable departure from classic Italian styles at the time. Mendini is often attributed with helping reform the Italian art, design and architecture movements in the 1980s.

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 Mendini's Roy stools for Kartell.
Mendini’s Roy stools for Kartell.
Sketch of Mendini's Roy stools for Kartell
Sketch of Mendini’s Roy stools for Kartell

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Selected works and projects

  • Triennale di Milano – Branch in Incheon (Korea), 2009
  •  Byblos Art Hotel-Villa Amistà, Verona (Italy), 2005
  • Swimming and sports centre, Trieste (Italy), 2004
  • Galleria Mendini, Lörrach (Germany), 2004
  • Dinosaur – Dinosaur Museum, Katsuyama (Japan), 2000
  • Naples metro system – Santa Rosa/Materdei/Università stations, Naples (Italy), 2000-2009
  • Town Hall – redevelopment of the grounds, Naples (Italy), 1999
  • Luxo – Stardust, 1998
  • Fondazione Maghetti – redevelopment of a district in Lugano (Switzerland), 1998
  • Complex in Via della Bicchieraia, Arezzo (Italy), 1997
  • Alessi – Anna G collection, 1994-2004
  • Alessi offices, Omegna (Italy), 1993
  • Busstop Hannover – Steintor stop, Hannover (Germany), 1992
  • Swatch (Spiritello, Cosmesis, Metroscape, Lots of Dots, Olimpico), 1990-1994
  • Paradise Tower, Hiroshima (Japan), 1988
  •  Groninger Museum, Groninger (The Netherlands), 1988-1994
  • Clock Tower, Gibellina (Italy), 1987
  • Banal Object, Biennale di Venezia, 1980
  • Proust armchair, 1978
  • Kandissi sofa, 1978

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Alessi – Anna G collection, 1994-2004
Alessi – Anna G collection, 1994-2004

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Clock Tower, Gibellina (Italy), 1987
Clock Tower, Gibellina (Italy), 1987

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