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Alessandro Mendini

(b. 1931)

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Alchimia

Overview page. Subjects: Architecture — Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

Italian ‘New Wave’ co-operative design group (1976–91), founded in Milan by Alessandro Guerriero, Mendini, Sottsass, and others, also called Studio Alchymia. One of its aims was to make and...

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Alessandro Guerriero

Overview page. Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.

(1943– )

A highly influential catalyst in much avant‐garde Italian design, architect and design theorist Guerriero, with his sister Adriana, founded the Studio Alchimia in Milan in...

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Alessi

Overview page. Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.

(established 1921)

Founded in northern Italy by Giovanni Alessi Anghini as a manufacturer of metal components, the company began to produce everyday domestic and catering products...

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Casabella

Overview page. Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.

(established 1928)

Originally entitled Casa Bella this architectural and design magazine was founded by Guido Marangoni. Taken over by Domus in 1933 it was edited by the...

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Domus

Overview page. Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.

(established 1928)

Initially subtitled ‘L’ Arte della Casa' this magazine devoted to architecture and design has been at the forefront of design debate in Italy since its...

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Driade

Overview page. Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.

(established 1968)

This Italian furniture company has been to the forefront of fashionable design since its inception at the Milan Furniture Fair of 1968. Founded by Enrico Astori,...

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FSB

Overview page. Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.

(Franz Schneider Brakel)

(established 1881)

Although the company had designed Walter Gropius door handles for the famous Fagus works for many decades its products were...

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Global Tools

Overview page. Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.

(1973–5)

Planned as a series of experimental design laboratories or counter‐school of architecture and design, its Italian founder members appeared on the May 1973 cover of the...

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Memphis

Overview page. Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.

(1981–8)

This avant‐garde group of international designers was launched in Milan in 1981 with the backing of Renzo Brugola (a cabinetmaker), Ernesto Gismondi (founder of Artemide),...

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Rasch Brothers

Overview page. Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.

(established 1897)

Founded by brothers Emil and Hugo Rasch, this German wallpaper manufacturing concern has been closely identified with the German Bauhaus following manufacture of...

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