“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
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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.
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.
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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.
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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