Alessandro Mendini

Alessandro Mendini

Architect Alessandro Mendini was born in Milan in 1931. He has directed the magazines Casabella, Modo and Domus. Monographs on his work and his projects with the Alchimia group have been published in different languages.

His focus is on objects, furniture, concept interiors, paintings, installations and architecture. International collaborations include Alessi, Bisazza, Philips, Cartier, Swatch and Herms. Alessandro Mendini is a design and image consultant to many different kinds of companies, including ones in the Far East. He is an honorary member of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. In 1979 and 1981 he was awarded the Italian Compasso dOro of design; in France he carries the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres; he is the recipient of an honorary title from the Architectural League of New York and was also awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the Milan Polytechnic. At the Universitt fr angewandte Kunst in Vienna, Mendini has worked as a design professor, and is an honorary professor of the Academic Council of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in China.

His work is featured in many museums and private collections.

With his brother Francesco Mendini he opened Atelier Mendini in 1989, designing the Alessi factory in Omegna; the new Olympic pool in Trieste; a series of subway stops in Naples; the refurbishment of the Naples City Hall, the Byblos Art Hotel in Verona; the new Trend Group headquarters in Vicenza, Italy; a commemorative tower in Hiroshima, Japan; the Groninger Museum in Holland; a district of Lugano, Switzerland; the Madsack office building in Hanover, a commercial building in Lrrach, Germany and other buildings in Europe and the USA.

Architect FRANCESCO MENDINI was born in Milan in 1939.

He started his career with Nizzoli Associates, working on the Italsider complex (an iron and steel plant) in Taranto: its residential area, offices and recreational facilities. Other architectural complexes in Europe and Africa followed. One of Francesco Mendinis focal points is industrialization and engineering in construction.

He is a consultant to different building research bureaus and the National Research Council (CNR) in Italy. Within the Atelier he is in charge of architectural projects and exhibitions. During recent years, he guided the development of stores for Swatch and Alessi.

ATELIER MENDINI employs a staff of twenty architects, graphic designers and industrial designers. Andrea Balzari, Bruno Gregori, Alex Mocika and Emanuela Morra have been junior partners of the Mendini brothers since 2000. The Atelier has a special department for project research and experimentation in materials. Atelier Mendini received the Medaglia dOro allArchitettura Italiana 2003 at the Triennale di Milano for its designs for the Naples Subway. For its Byblos Art Hotel in Verona, the Atelier received the Villegiature Award for Best Hotel Architecture and Interior Design in Europe 2006. It has worked for clients in over thirty nations and is currently providing consultancy in city planning for several cities in Korea.