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Alberto Meda

Alberto Meda

Alberto Meda was born in 1945 in Tremezzina (Italy) and studied at the Polytechnic University of Milan. He obtained a diploma in engineering in 1969. From 1973 he was Technical Director at Kartell, an Italian company specializing in the production of appealing designer furniture and objects of synthetic materials. In 1973 Meda also started a business as product designer and worked for diverse companies, such as Alfa Romeo, Alessi, JcDecaux, Ideal Standard, Luceplan, Philips, Olivetti and Vitra. He has been teaching in Italy, Japan, Mexico and in the USA since 1983.

Alberto Meda's creations are characterized by a creative approach to material treatment. For example, he used resin-soaked carbon fibre to create a supporting structure for the „light light“ ultra-light chair in 1987. He has been awarded numerous prizes and awards, like the Red Dot Award and the German Design Award, and several times the famous design prize Compasso d'Oro for his work's constructive aesthetics.

The lights by Alberto Meda usually result from collaboration with Paolo Rizzatto. Both designers have developped functional and aesthetical lights which can serve both as task lights and as lights for the home. Classic table lights, like Berenice by Luceplan, are good examples. Alberto Meda's light fixture in the series Luceplan Titania have also been very popular since 1989. The slats forming its organically-shaped light body produce a double effect because the light fixture is easy to recognize and its light is glare-free.