A complete panorama on thr furniture, lamps and functional objects created by a leading Milanese designer.
[Alberto Meda / A Concrete Lightness] The first monograph devoted to Alberto Meda who has collaborated with companies such as Alias, Vitra and Luceplan. This volume presents Meda’s work as a designer from the end of the Seventies till the present, through a review of his prototypes and manufactured products. The works under examination span over thirty years of his career: from his collaboration with leading companies to the research he conducted during the Eighties on new technologies and new ultralight and ultraresistant materials, from plastics to carbon fibres. Alberto Meda was born in 1945 at Lenno Tremezzina, near Como. He gained a degree in mechanical engineering at the Milan Polytechnic in 1969. From 1969 to 1973 he worked as an assistant in the general management of Magneti Marelli. He joined Kartell as technical director in 1973. In 1979 he opened his own design studio in Milan, and became technical consultant to Alfa Romeo in Arese. He lectured in industrial technologies at the Domus Academy from 1983 to 1987. He designed, with Paolo Rizato, the Berenice lamp for Luceplan in 1985, followed by the Lola lamp and the Metropoli series for which he was awarded the Compasso d’Oro in 1989 and 1994, respectively. In 1990 Matzuia Ginza’s Design Gallery devoted a one-man show to him in Tokyo. He presently lives and works in Milan. The illustrations in the volume range from prototypes and research models to countless designs which, at times, overcome the limits imposed by industrial technique and production.