Alberto Meda


Born in Tremezzina (Como) in 1945.  Master in Mechanical Engineering at Politecnico of Milan in 1969. From 1973 technical manager of Kartell, in charge of the development of projects of furniture and plastic laboratory equipments.  In 1979 freelance industrial designer for various companies: Alfa Romeo Auto, Alias, Alessi, Arabia-Finland ,Cinelli, Colombo design, Brevetti Gaggia, JcDecaux, Ideal Standard, Luceplan, Legrand, Mandarina Duck, Omron Japan, Philips, Olivetti, Vitra, etc.

Exibitions  "Creativitalia" Tokio1990, and a personal exhibition at the "Design Gallery", Matzuia Ginza in Tokio 1990.  "XVIII Triennale in Milan" 1992, "The lightness" section of "Il giardino delle cose".  "Mestieri d'Autore "1993 in Siena.  "Design, miroir du siecle", at the section "Le sens et la matiere", Paris 1993  "Mutant materials in contemporary design" at MOMA- NewYork 1995, at Center for Modern Art- Prague 1997, at Groninger Museum - Groninger 1997  Meda - Rizzatto exibition at Binnen Galerie-Amsterdam 1996 Lighting Affinities - Milano 1996  A personal at Salon du Meuble -Paris 1999  "Italia e Giappone design come stile di vita" - Yokohama, Kobe 2001

Teaching and research  From 1983 to 1987 lecturer on industrial technology at Domus Academy.  Seminars at International Design Symposium in Fukui , at Workshop Design Quest in Osaka, and at Design Center in Tokyo.  From 1995 lecturer at Politecnico of Milan "Corso di Laurea di Disegno Industriale" with a design lab.  From 1995 to 1997 member of Board of Designlabor Bremerhaven, Institut fur System-und Produktgestaltung.  Since 2003 lecturer at IUAV in Venice with design workshops.  Several lectures in Chicago, in St.Louis at Washington University, "And now..." in Stockolm, Boisbuchet, Miami, San Paulo, Ulm , Istanbul, Toronto, Mexico

Awards 1989 "Compasso d'oro" for the "Lola" lamp by Luceplan .
1992 "Design Plus" prize for Titania lamp by Luceplan
1994 "European Design Prize " for his work with Luceplan.
1994 "Compasso d'oro" for the "Metropoli" lamps series by Luceplan.
1995 "Industrie Forum design" Hannover for the UNI-X family lamps.
1996 "Industrie Forum design" Hannover for the Titania Clamp lamp
1997 I.D design review - "Best of category" with Vitra - Meda chair
1999 "Designer of the year" -Salon du Meuble de Paris
2000 "Bundespreis Produktdesign" 2000/2001 with Meda chair
2001 "Good Design Award" Chicago Athenaeum vith Arabia's Water
2002 "Red Dot Award" for Iittala Knives 2005 "Hon Royal Designer for Industry" Londra RSA
2006 "Design Plus" and "Light of the future" for MIX led lamp by Luceplan
2007 "INDEX:Award" with Solar Bottle 2008 "Compasso d'oro" for MIX, LED lamp by Luceplan
2011 "Compasso d'oro" for the TEAK table, by Alias
2012 Best of "Design Plus" for OTTOWATT, by Luceplan

 Some products are part of permanent collection of Museum of Modern Art of Toyama and since 1994 The Museum of Modern Art in New York, includes in its Design Collection "Light light " chair 1987 , "Soft light "chair 1989, "Longframe" 1991 by Alias , and "On-Off " lamp by Luceplan1988

Bibliography  Alberto Meda di Francesca Picchi  Collana Prontuario- Abitare Segesta edizioni- 2003  Il design di Alberto Meda-Una concreta leggerezza di Domitilla Dardi, Ed. Electa 2005  I Protagonisti del design: Alberto Meda - Hachette

 He works and lives in Milan.