Monday, March 1, 2010


Italian engineer, freelance designer Alberto Meda (1945 - ) came to design from engineering, bringing with him a pragmatic mind, and an attention to details in materials and production process, in addition to formal concerns. This applied-science background has shaped Meda’s recognizable stamp of elegant simplicity, designs that are modern in form and organic in feel. Formerly technical manager of Kartell, Meda later became freelance industrial designer for companies: Alfa Romeo Auto, Alias, Alessi, Arabia-Finland, Cinelli, Colombo design, Brevetti Gaggia, JcDecaux, Ideal Standard, Luceplan, Legrand, Maruni, Mandarina Duck, Omron Japan, Philips, Olivetti, and Vitra. Of specific note it was Meda’s individual sophistication that caught the eye of Rolf Fehlbaum, chairman of the Swiss manufacturer Vitra, who commissioned the Italian engineer to design a chair some 20 years ago. Thus began a collaboration that continues to this day, resulting in some of the most memorable seating designs. Today Meda lives and work in Milan. He has had numerous exhibitions over the last several decades in Tokyo, Paris, Milan, and Siena. Teaching and lecturing internationally have also been an integral component for Meda spanning Venice, Milan, Tokyo, Chicago, Stockholm, Boisbuchet, Miami, San Paulo, Ulm , Istanbul, Toronto, and Mexico. To his further tribute Meda has received various awards throughout his career among them three Compasso d’oro awards, and recognition in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art in Toyama and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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Meda for Vitra (top)
Lounge & table for Nextmaruni (2nd)
Titania for Luceplan (3rd)
Rollingframe + for Alias (4th)
Light Light for Alias (bottom)

1 comment:

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