Artist, architect, designer, painter, writer, critic … Mendini is all of the above and in no particular order. To put it simply, he might be described as a “great master” and yet he defies rhetoric and probably wouldn’t be comfortable with neither of these words.
Fabio Novembre, despite a surname (Italian for November) which evokes gloomy and autumnal days, is the summer, light and fire of Italian design. In the nineties, during his début, this enfant prodige, in contrast to a then prevailing minimalist trend, proposed an explosion of colourful bold shapes.
Throughout the years, many fantastical creatures have come out of Alessi's magical “dream factory”, located in Omegna, on the banks of the Orta lake, North Italy. Alessi is also renowned for building a partnership with some of the key players of Italian design: Alessandro Mendini, Aldo Rossi, Philippe Starck and Stefano Giovannoni.
We like to think of Gaetano Pesce as the creator of one the most beautiful homages paid to women and their condition: the UP5 armchair by B&B. The UP5 armchair can be seen as a tribute to fertility, femininity and comfort and after more than four decades, is still one of the undoubted icons of Italian design.