An extraordinary book, just edited by Electa.
Perhaps the most articulated book focused on the works by Alessandro Mendini (Milan 1931): 368 pages relating to one of the Masters – who’s still working full-time – in the history of the aesthetic design of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries: a versatile architect, artist, designer, theorist and writer.
We owe him some of the most famous contemporary iconic pieces; he designed wonderful objects for Zanotta, such as: the Atropo table (1984), the Meligete chest-of-drawer (1984), the Cantaride bar cabinet (1984), the Macaone table (1985), the Agrilo console table (1984), the Zabro chair (1984), the Cetonia chest-of-drawers (1984), the Sirfo table (1986). And the Hispo small table (1986), the Mikiolone (1986) and Calamobio (1985-88) chest-of-drawers, many of them are still in production, to witness the design perfection and a-temporality. He’s been editor of several magazines (“Ollo”, “Modo”, “Casabella”, “Domus”), member of various groups (from Radicals to Alchimia), since 2000 has been a partner with his brother Francesco in the Mendini studio in Milan, and had an enormous influence on the aesthetic trends of international design. He transformed it into an excellent expressive tool of Modern Man’s state of mind, struggling between misery and joy. Fulvio Irace is the author of the book with a strong visual impact.
The book presentation to the public will take place on Wednesday May 11th at the Belle Arti Accademy, Via Brera 28 – Hall 10. h. 6:30pm