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The World’s Top Living Designer - Alessandro Mendini





He is… / Alessandro Mendini was born in Milan in 1931. He received his degree in architecture from the Polytechnic University of Milan. He was editor-in-chief of the magazines Casabella (1970 ~ 1976), Modo (1977 ~ 1981) and Domus (1980 - 1985 and 2010 - 2011). He is an honorary member of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, and works with the companies Cartier,  Hermès, Alessi,Swarovski, Bisazza, Venini, and Zanotta. In 1979, 1981 and 2014 he received the Compasso d’Oro award. In France, Alessandro Mendini has been knighted with the title Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres; in the United States, he was given an honorary title by the Architectural League of New York; in Italy he has received an honorary degree from the Polytechnic University of Milan and in France from the École Normale Supérieure de Cachan.




Editor-in-chief Who Changed the Landscape of World Design / Mendini, a most esteemed designer by designers all over the world, was longtime editor-in-chief of several architectural design magazines before he began his career as a designer. Those magazines he worked for, Casabella, MODO, and Domus, still remain prestigious worldwide. They earned an international reputation only when Mendini became their editor-in-chief. The magazines not only introduced Italian design to the world, but also offered innovative concepts of design and spearheaded the struggle against the traditional design. Above all, those magazines played a decisive role in elevating Italian design and industry, especially 1980s Italian design, to the world’s best status. During the 1960s and 70s, Italy’s economy was in trouble, but the country had enough companies that understood and appreciated design. Mendini discovered talented designers and connected them to Italian companies. His commitment helped Italian designers and industry became influential in the global market during the 1980s



The Mendini spirit: forever young / Having started his career with a focus in theory, Alessandro Mendini began practicing the profession of architect and designer after he turning 50. In 1989, he and his brother Francesco Mendini opened Atelier Mendini in Milan. The following projects were made in those years: Torre Paradiso (monument for the port of Hiroshima) and the Groninger Museum in The Netherlands. As an emerging designer, Alessandro Mendini attracted international interest for his experimentation with applying his ideas to actual spaces. At a mature age, he created designs that were fresh,young and innovative. Furthermore, the Groninger Museum is considered one of the most amazing postmodern buildings of the late 20th century, and was also selected as one of the 1001 Buildings You Must See Before You Die. Alessandro Mendini has worked on numerous projects with companies of international renown. His collaboration with Alessi began in 1979, leading to the successful Tea & Coffee Piazza project in 1983. He asked international architects for designs for this project, and 11 silver coffee and tea services were produced. Alessandro Mendini began tight and fruitful cooperation with many designers and architects. His projects have become part of the world history of contemporary design. Atelier Mendini was the recipient of a 2003 Gold Medal for Italian architecture at the Triennale Museum di Milano, for the Naples subway project. For the Byblos Art Hotel in Verona, the Atelier received the Villegiature Award for Best Hotel Architecture and Interior Design in Europe 2006. The historical value of RAMUN’s amuleto lamp, which was designed in 2010, lies in the fact that the ring-shaped lamp maximizes the benefits of LED, improves uniformness in lighting, accentuates the lamp’s mechanism using a transparent material, and offers a humanistic feel through a color mix-and-match in its minimalist structure comprised of circles and lines, without any springs or wires. Thanks to its beautiful design and superior performance, the lamp is displayed at the Moderne der Pinakothek, one of the world’s most famous contemporary art museums in Munich, Germany.



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