Alessandro Mendini was born in 1931 and quickly acquired a taste as bold as it was unique. After growing up among canvases by Morandi and Severini in a house designed by Piero Portaluppi, the Milanese designer initially ventured into architecture. He supported eclectic thought, ran reviews such as Casabella or Domus, published countless books on the subject and conducted prestigious projects with his brother within Atelier Mendini. They include: The Tower of Paradise in Hiroshima, Japan, and the Groninger Museum in Holland. These are just a few examples of the work that earned him the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in France among other honorary awards.
He set a benchmark for post-modern design in the 70s and described his research as a kaleidoscope bringing a "state of constant motion" together with " shards, fragments of a visual system, fragments of contemporary imagination " He long championed the commonplace and kitsch to find a simpler alternative to the boredom and serious nature of over-functionalist architecture.
Alessandro Mendini was the founder of the radical Alchimia group and created a unique style blending the languages of history, art and industrial series. A world made of hybrid and fairytale objects and furniture - exhibited in countless museums worldwide - along with a quirky and bold approach that we can now see in the three vases that the maestro of color, applied to volume, designed for Maison Matisse.