Alberto Meda (b. 1945), Italy.
Alberto Meda is a famous Italian designer known for the Alberto Meda Alessi Collection and the Luceplan Berenice desk lamps. Alberto Meda, born 1945 in Tremezzina, Italy, studied mechanical engineering at the Milan Polytechnic. From 1972-1979 he was technical director for Kartell, after which he worked as a freelance designer for companies including Alias, Alessi, Cinelli, Colombo design, Ideal Standard, Luceplan, Legrand, Mandarina Duck, Omron Japan, Philips, Olivetti and Vitra. Between 1981-85 he also served as a project consultant for Alfa Romeo. From 1983-1987, Meda taught industrial technology at the Domus Academy in Milan. He became a docent at the Milan Polytechnic in 1995 and also served on the board of Designlabor Bremerhaven. Since 2003 he has taught at the University IUAV of Venice and lectured in places including Chicago, St. Louis (Washington University), Stockholm, Boisbuchet (Vitra Design Museum Workshops), Miami, São Paulo, Ulm, Istanbul and Toronto.
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In 1979 he started as a freelance industrial designer for various companies: Alias, Alessi, Cinelli, Gaggia, Ideal Standard, Luceplan, Mandarina Duck, Omron Japan, Philips, and Vitra. Alberto Meda 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 at once modern in form and organic in feel. It was this individual sophistication that caught the eye of Rolf Fehlbaum, the legendary 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 pieces up to and including the MedaPro and the newest design, the MedaPal. Alberto Meda has also a strong and abiding relationship with many Italian manufacturers such as Luceplan and Alias.
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