Alessandro Mendini, Italian, (1931-2019)

Alessandro Mendini (1931-2019)

Proust Armchair by Alessandro Mendini
Proust Armchair, designed by Alessandro Mendini

Alessandro Mendini was an Italian designer and architect. He was born in Milan in 1931. Later, he graduated from the Politecnico di Milano in 1959 with a degree in architecture. He became the editor-in-chief of Domus magazine in 1979, and influenced the landscape of modern design through his postmodern works, such as the Proust Armchair. His aim was to leave behind commercialism in design, in order to bring artistry and creativity to the forefront. He opened his own practice, the Atelier Mendini, in 1989, which he ran until his death in 2019.

View of the Groningen Art Museum, designed by Allesandro Mendini
Groninger Art Museum

He designed many buildings, including the Alessi residence in Italy, a memorial tower in Hiroshima, and the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands. The Groninger is considered one of the greatest postmodern buildings of the 20th century. His radical approach to product design was influential in the field of modern design. Mendini also collaborated with many different brands, including Cartier, Venini, Vacheron Constantin, and Hermes.

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