Alessandro Mendini was born in 1931 in Milan. He is an Italian designer and architect. He was head editor of the Casabella, Modo and Domus magazines, where he focused on radical and neo-modernist design. In 1988 he was put in charge of Ollo, a magazine with a more pragmatic view. He worked as a member of Studio Alchimia and with various industrial companies on tackling the visual and design-technical problems they encountered. Alone and with others he designs furniture, objects, decorative patterns, clothing, decorative paintings, theatrical performances and small architectural designs. In his work, he also paints, resulting in large abstract paintings, which he hypothetically places in the category of Design in Painting. He has written several books: Paesaggio Casalingo (Domestic Landscape), Architecttura addio (Farewell Architecture) and Progetto Infelice (Unhappy Design). He is also a member of the scientific committee of the School of Art and Design in Jerusalem. He was successively awarded the Golden Compass for Design and an award from the Architectural League in New York, and he is Chevalier des Arts et Lettres in France. His works of art are part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum in New York, of the Centre Pompidou in Paris and of other museums. He also designed a house for Alberto Alessi, the Gibellina city tower in Sicily and a tower in Hiroshima.
The Primavera vase
This vase called ‘primavera’ what means spring. The concept for this project was created by Atelier Tom Boekema. He invited Alessandro Mendini for designing this theme vase for Cor Unum Ceramics. Mendini got his creative freedom for making his own design. The result is this particular vase that is produced in a limited edition of 35 numbered pieces. Every piece is personally signed and numbered by the great master of design.