architect / designer alessandro mendini
was born in milan in 1931.
he was a partner in the nizzoli associati practi until 1970.
he was a founding member of the school for individual creativity 'global tools'.
alessandro mendini was editor in chief of several Italian magazines of
architecture and design : from 1970 to 1976 'casabella', from 1977 to 1981 'modo' and
'domus' from 1979 to 1985. he was a (founder and) partner in the 'alchimia' studio.
mendini cultivates a particular interest in neo-modern and contemporary design.
he designs objects, furniture, interiors and installations.
he collaborates with international companies such as alessi, philips, swarovski and
swatch. he is the artistic consultant to various manufacturers - some in the far east - ,
providing direction for design- and brand identity strategies.
besides his architecture and furniture design, mendini has organized a multitude of
exhibits and seminars in italy and abroad.
he has authored several books on design (paesaggio casalingo, architettura addio,
il progetto infelice) and is on the advisory panel of the 'domus academy'.
his critiques and essays appear in the chief international trade journals.
alessandro mendini is an honorary member of the 'bezalel academy of arts and design'
of jerusalem and has been awarded with the italian prize for design and architecture
compasso d'oro. he holds an honorary title from the architectural league of new york
as well as the title of 'chevalier des arts et des lettres' from the french republic.
his work is represented in museums and private collections all over the world.
with his brother francesco, he opened the 'atelier mendini' in milan, italy in 1989.
within the atelier, he proceeded to take on such projects as a memorial tower for the
seaport of hiroshima, japan; the groninger museum in the netherlands;
the arosa casino in switzerland and other buildings in europe.
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