Peppermill with metal Anna face. The Anna G. character is a repeating figure in Mendini’s work.
Alessandro Mendini cultivates a particular interest in neo-modern and contemporary design. He designs objects, furniture, interiors and installations. He was born in Milan, Italy in 1931. He was a partner in the Nizzoli Associati practice until 1970. He was a founding member of the Free School for individual creativity, Global Tools. From 1970 to 1976 he edited Casabella; from 1977 to 1981 he was Editor in Chief of the Italian magazines of architecture and design “Casabella”, “Modo” and “Domus”.
He collaborates with international companies such as Alessi, Philips, Swarovski and Swatch. Alessandro Mendini is an honorary member of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design of Jerusalem and has been awarded with the Italian prize for design and architecture Compasso d’Oro. He holds an honorary title from the Architectural League of New York as well as the title of “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres” from the French Republic.
His work is represented in museums and private collections all over the world.
With his brother Francesco, he opened the Atelier Mendini in Milan, Italy in 1989. Within the Atelier, he proceeded to take on such projects as the Alessi residence in Omegna, Italy; the theater complex “Teatrino della Bicchieraia” in the Tuscan city of Arezzo; the Forum Museum of Omegna, Italy; a memorial tower for the seaport of Hiroshima, Japan; the Groninger Museum in The Netherlands; the Arosa Casino in Switzerland and other buildings in Europe.