Alessandro Mendini & Daniel Eltner
Erlangen , Germany
The Milanese architect and designer, Alessandro Mendini, focuses predominantly on neo-modern and contemporary design.
The core of his research is design: furniture, interiors, architecture and installations. The common thread behind the multitude of Mendini’s projects is his eccentric flair for pairing contrasting elements and re-elaborating themes and ideas that appear antithetical.
In collaboration with Alessi, Philips, Swarovski and Swatch, he has designed iconic pieces that have enriched the international design panorama.
He has served as director for magazines such as Casabella, Modo and Domus, and his designs and those of Atelier Mendini, which he founded with his brother Francesco, have been published in numerous monographic volumes in multiple languages.
In 1979 and 1981, he was awarded the Compasso d’oro in design; he is a "Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres” in France; he has received the honorary recognition from the Architectural League of New York and a Laurea Honoris Causa from the Polytechnic of Milan and the École Normale Supérieure de Cachan, in France.
Born in Erlangen, Germany, Daniel Eltner graduated from the University of Applied Sciences in Münich.
After his studies, he founded his own studio, Destudioeltner, in 1994, where he dedicates himself to product design for many companies such as Rosenthal, Sabattini Argenteria, WMF, Longchamp, Moser, Vista Alegre and Microsoft.
In 2015, the German designer began a proficuous collaboration with architect and designer Alessandro Mendini, with whom he created the Diavoletti Family vases, included in the Cappellini catalogue.