Alessandro Mendini (born 16 August 1931 in Milan) is an Italian designer and architect. He played an important part in the development of Italian design. He also worked, aside from his artistic career, for Casabella, Modo and Domus magazines. His design has been characterized by his strong interest in mixing different cultures and different forms of expression; he creates graphics, furniture, interiors, paintings and architectures and wrote several articles and books; he is also renowned as an enthusiastic member of jury in architectural competition for young designers. He also teaches at the University of Milan. Mendini graduated from Politecnico di Milano in 1959 with a degree in architecture and worked as a designer with Marcello Nizzoli. He was the editor-in-chief of a magazine from 1980 to 1985 and changed the landscape of modern design through his quintessential works of postmodernism, such as the Proust Armchair and the Groninger Museum. Just as works of the Renaissance period expressed human values and sensibilities, Mendini has contributed to bringing into the heart of design those â€śvaluesâ€ť and â€śsensibilitiesâ€ť that have been eclipsed by commercialism and functionalism. He collaborates with leading international brands including Cartier, Hermes, and Swarovski. Currently he runs his own practice in Milan, the Atelier Mendini, together with his brother Francesco Mendini.
Mimmo Paladino was born in Paduli, near Benevento in southern Italy in 1948. He studied at the Liceo Artistico in Benevento between 1964 and 1968. He currently lives and works in Italy where he has studios all over the country including in Rome, Paduli and Puglia. Paladino's first solo exhibition was held at the Studio Oggetto, Caserta in 1969. In 1980, at the invitation of Achille Bonito Oliva, he participated in the Aperto '80 at the Venice Biennial along with Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, Enzo Cucchi and Nicola De Maria. A major retrospective of his work was held in Munich at the Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus in 1985. Other major solo exhibitions include Galleria Civica d'Arte Contemporanea in Trento in1992, Forte Belvedere, Florence in1993, Scuderie di Palazzo Reale, Piazza del Plebiscito and Villa Pignatelli, Naples 1995-6, South London Gallery 1999 and Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, Italy 2002-03. Paladino's work is held in major public collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Tate Gallery in London.
Item Notes: Limited Edition 08/99 by Alessandro Mendini & Mimmo Paladino
Material: lacquered wood, decorate in GOLD LEAF with contrast depicting â€śthe battle of San Romanoâ€ť. Legs and spears in lacquered metal.
Dimension: Cm. 200 x 50 x 95(160)h
Color: Mixed (Pink, Blue, Gree, White)
Care: No special cleaning required, just wipe/wash
Item in box: One piece sideboard with sculpture & Certificate of Origin with serial number.
Category: Art Furniture
Origin: Handmade in Italy