- Alessandro Mendini
His work ranges from creation of objects, furnishings, interiors, paintings and installations to architecture, and also includes significant theoretical work, both with the famous Studio Alchimia and with his brother Francesco, an architect, with whom he founded Atelier Mendini in 1989.
Mendini came up with definitions of a number of theoretical concepts regarding historic design phenomena and movements (including “postmodern design” and “re-design”) and has made an essential contribution to their expression and critical analysis since the Seventies.
He has been editor of Casabella (1970-1976) and Domus (1980-1985 e 2010-2011) and founded the magazines Modo (1977) and Ollo (1988).
Mendini has worked with well-known international brands including Alessi, Bisazza, Cartier, Hermès, Philips, Swatch and Venini, creating collections of household goods, objects and furnishings.
His many projects in Italy include the Alessi factory in Omegna; an aquatic sports centre with an Olympic pool in Trieste; the restoration of City Hall and construction of three metro stations in Naples; Byblos Art Hotel-Villa Amistà in Verona; the Trend Group’s offices in Vicenza; urban redevelopment of the industrial area in the Bovisa district in Milan; reorganisation and street furnishings for the seaside promenade in Catanzaro; multipurpose complex in Via della Bicchieraia in Arezzo (including the municipal theatre, Teatro Comunale Aretino).
Outside of Italy, Mendini designed Paradise Tower in Hiroshima, Japan; Groningen Museum in the Netherlands; a district in Lugano, Switzerland; the Madsack office building in Hannover and a commercial building in Lörrach, Germany, and numerous other buildings in Europe, the USA and Asia.
Mendini acts as urban planning consultant in a number of cities in Korea, and in 2007 he designed a new trade fair district in the city of Incheon, followed by the new Triennale di Milano building in the same city in 2009.
In addition to his work in architecture, Mendini has also designed collections of furniture and objects, including his famous Proust armchair (1978), as well as installations and redesign projects, demonstrating his multiple talents and his free-ranging imagination cutting across the boundaries of individual disciplines.
The many awards he has received include the Compasso d'Oro Award for Design (in 1979 and 1981) and the title of "Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres" in France. Mendini has also received the honours of the Architectural League of New York and honorary degrees from Politecnico di Milano and from the Ecole normale supérieure in Cachan, France.
The practice he runs with his brother Francesco, Atelier Mendini, received a Gold Medal for Italian architecture in 2003 from Triennale di Milano for their plan for the metro in Naples and the 2006 Villegiature Awards in Paris for the Byblos Art Hotel in Verona.
Alessandro Mendini 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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