Alessandro Mendini is one of the key figures of 20th-century design. Both in theory and in practice, he leaves an important legacy behind him.
Born in Milan in 1931, Mendini was an architect, industrial designer, and director of iconic magazines such as Casabella, Modo, and Domus. He was a champion of the Radical design movement in the ‘70s and was the founder of Studio Alchimia, author of the famous Swatch watches and the golden age of Alessi. The concept of ‘post-industrial neo-crafting’ was also attributed to Mendini, which reflects what we at BD have been doing since the company was founded, later practised by renowned masters such as Álvaro Siza Vieira, Ettore Sottsass, and Mendini himself.
During the exuberant ‘80s, Mendini designed rugs for BD and exhibitions such as Zabro, other furniture and objects from the Nuova Alchimia collection (1986) featured at BD Barcelona. In 2019, he completed what turned out to be his last design for our Art Editions Collection, the Cristallo cabinet. Alessandro Mendini passed away at the age of 87 later that year.