On 18 February 2019, Alessandro Mendini died in his hometown Milan, at the age of 87. One of the greatest innovators in Italian design, he conceived “banal design” and “re-design” within the theoretical definition of “post-modern design”, and was one of the central figures in the 1970s’ Alchimia Group – through which he promoted “methods for ideation and production that could blur the lines, mixing craftsmanship, industry, computer sciences, current and past techniques and materials”. He worked for well-known brands, from Venini to Alessi, from Bisazza to Swarovski, and from Cartier to Swatch.
In an interview by art critic Giuseppe Frangi, he once said, “Design must be irritating, it has to shake you, and push you to ask questions. If you give someone something that is not completely logical, you create tension. Design that is all about function has little value. The goal should always be to add a spark of magic. That’s why I give objects eyes, so they can look at us.”
We pay homage to this great master of design, republishing our article about his Amuleto lamp, designed in 2013.
Milanese designer Alessandro Mendini created the Amuleto lamp in 2013, inspired by his grandson – whom he dedicated the object to, virtually giving it to him as a lucky charm.
Designed for Ramun (where Mendini is art director), Amuleto is a cordless LED table lamp, weighing so little even a child can move it.
Its three circles (the base, the central junction and luminous crown) make up a patented system that allows for great flexibility in positioning the lamp and directing light towards any angle.
Wishing all children the brightest future, any direction they may take
Photos via: ©Ramun