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Proust armchair, 1978
Silver tea set, 1982
Peyrano, 1988
Alessandro Mendini

Born in 1931 Milan, Italy

. studied architecture at Politecnico di Milano and received doctorate degree in 1959,
. became a partner of Nizzoli Associati and worked until 1970,
. the chief editor of Casabella between 1970-1976,
. founded the journal, Modo and edited until 1981,
. founding member of Global Tools, school of Radical architecture and Anti-Design in 1973,
. worked as the primary designer of Studio Alchimia and became a leading propagandist of it in late 1970s,
. produced first examples of  his re-design works on Universale chair by Joe Colombo, Wassily chair by Marcel Breuer, Superleggera chair by Gio Ponti in 1978,
. received the Award of Compasso d’Oro in 1979,
. developed the idea of “Banal Design” as a theorist, ornamented Mendini’s Proust chair in 1978 is an example to his approach,
. organized The Banal Object exhibition at Venice Biennale in 1980,
. became the chief editor of Domus between 1980-1985,
. worked for furniture manufacturer Cassina for the Bracciodiferro project in 1981,
. taught design at Hochschule für angewandte Kunst, Vienna in 1983,
. worked as design and communication director for Alessi in Tea & Coffee Piazza project in 1983,
. designed Casa della Felicita with Achille Castiglioni and Aldo Rossi for Alessi between 1983-1988,
. designed the Groningen Museum, Holland between 1988 and 1993,
. through out his design career he contributed much on Anti-Design  and Post-Modernist design. 

Famous Works:
Proust armchair, 1978 for Studio Alchimia
Re-designed Wassily chair, 1978 for Studio Alchimia
Cantaride sideboard, 1984 (with Bruno Gregori) for Zabro-Zanotta
Manici vases, 1984 for Studio Alchimia
Anna G, 1984 for Alessi
Peyrano, 1988 for Alessi
Bags, 1998 for Koziol

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