alessandro mendini: remarkable projects that will continue to influence the design world

alessandro mendini: remarkable projects that will continue to influence the design world

on february 18, 2019, alessandro mendini passed away at the age of 87. the acclaimed italian designer and architect leaves behind an extraordinary legacy of work that spans the fields of architecture, industrial design, and illustration. to celebrate the life and work of one of italy’s most influential design figures, designboom has picked out a number of remarkable designs that are as significant now as they were when they were created — proving that mendini’s work continues to strongly influence the world of design. from a tram stop in germany to a smiling corkscrew named ‘anna g.’, see a selection of alessandro mendini’s greatest projects below.

alessandro mendini projects
the proust armchair (1978) is upholstered with fixed multi-color fabric
image courtesy of cappellini

alessandro mendini projects
large scale version of mendini’s ‘lassù chair’ installed at vitra design museum
image by andreas schwarzkopf / creative commons

alessandro mendini projects
in 1978, mendini redesigned gerrit rietveld’s famous ‘zigzag chair’
image courtesy of mutual art

alessandro mendini projects
zabro, a piece designed for zanotta in 1984, can transform from a chair to a table
image courtesy of 1st dibs

alessandro mendini projects
the black out: mobile bar was designed in 1984 with alchimia
image courtesy of the atelier mendini archive | via flash art online

alessandro mendini projects
designed in 1994, anna g. is one of the most famous corkscrews of all time
image courtesy of alessi

alessandro mendini projects
in 2011, mendini took on the challenge of redesigning the espresso coffee maker
image courtesy of alessi

alessandro mendini projects
‘mobili per uomo’ at fondazione bisazza, 2012
image courtesy of fondazione bisazza

alessandro mendini projects
mendini completed the groninger museum’s yellow tower in 1994
image courtesy of wutsje / wikimedia commons / CC-BY-SA

alessandro mendini projects
the steintor tram station in hannover was designed as part of the busstops art project
image by christian a. schröder / creative commons (also main image)

alessandro mendini projects
this pair of stainless steel sunglasses was designed with alchimia in 1986
image courtesy of botterweg

alessandro mendini projects
domus magazine covers, published while mendini was director of the brand
image courtesy of find art info

alessandro mendini projects
drawing by alessandro mendini

alessandro mendini projects
drawing by alessandro mendini

  • RIP. Your designs will keep you alive around the world!

    Fabio Santos says:
  • It was such a pleasure meeting Mr. Mendini years ago in Milan. His joyous expresssion in design thankfully will live on.

    Lou says:

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