Alessandro Mendini is an Italian architect, and was born in Milan. He has been editor-in-chief of the magazines Casabella, Modo and Domus. Monographs on his personal work and the projects he made in conjunction with the Alchimia group have been published in different languages. Alessandro Mendini makes design objects, furniture, interiors, paintings, installations and architecture.
He produces work with international manufacturers, and is also a consultant for the image and art direction of companies in Europe as well as the Far East.
He is an honorary member of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. He received the Compasso d’Oro for design (1979 - 1981- 2014). In France, he carries the title of “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres”.
He has received recognition from the Architectural League in New York, and an honorary doctorate degree from the Milan Polytechnic and the École Normale Supérieure de Cachan in France.
Mendini is an honorary professor on the Academic Council at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in China.
His projects are found in museums and private collections around the world. Alessandro Mendini’s theoretic and written work, along with his design work, finds its origin at the crossroads between art, design and architecture.
In 2015, Mr. Mendini received the 2014 European Prize for Architecture from the Chicago Athenaeum; and honorary doctorate degrees from the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland and from the Kookmin University in Seoul, South Korea.
In December 2015, he was awarded the title Mestre de Design de la Catalogna in Barcelona, Spain.
In 2017 Alessandro Mendini received the Year's Winner of the A&W Award Designer of the year 2017 in Cologne, Germany.