Alessandro Mendini is an architect, designer and artist, born in Milan in 1931.
He graduated in Architecture in 1959, and his first place of employment was Studio Nizzoli Associati. In 1970 he abandoned architectural design to focus on journalism, specializing, naturally, in architecture and design. He was editor of Casabella from 1970 to 1976, and the following year he founded Modo, which he led until 1979. That same year, Giò Ponti made him editor of Domus, and he held this position until 1985. 25 years later, in March 2010, he resumed his editorship of the magazine for a short period.
In the seventies, Mendini participated in many of the radical design experiences arising at the time. In 1973 he was one of the founding members of Global Tools, a group that was part of the anti-design movement, strongly opposed to tradition. In 1979 he joined Studio Alchimia, which aimed to create objects with references to popular culture and kitsch, outside the bounds of industrial production, and of their own functionality.