The Alberto Meda Story
Designer Alberto Meda is best known for his balance of mechanical engineering education and penchant for envelope-pushing art and self-expression. After graduating Milan Polytechnic in 1969, Meda quickly became the technical director of Kartell, overseeing the area of plastics technologies and furniture production and initiating research into polyurethane.
With that experience under his design belt, Meda branched off on his own in 1979 and started his professional career as engineer, designer and consultant for a wide variety of companies, including Alessi, Alfa Romeo auto, and Luceplan, to name a few. In the early '80s, Meda taught industrial technology and joined Luceplan as a partner in '84. From then on, Alberto Meda spent the majority of his time designing new, innovative furniture and lighting for Kartell.
Why We Love Alberto Meda
Best known for his furniture pieces, Alberto Meda continues to define and then redefine contemporary comfort, utilizing his knowledge of plastics to create user-friendly, functional furnishings for the modern space.
Noteworthy Products from Alberto Meda
Meda's process is thus organic, finding its form as each material is related to and considered for human use and enjoyment. Some of his most famous designs include the MedaPro and MedaPal office chairs for Vitra and the Titania Pendant for Luceplan lighting.
In His Own Words
"During the design process, I connect with a certain physical feature, a material or a technique, and step-by-step the final shape grows clear from that. Often a structural concept or a technical or technological solution will trigger the thought around which the object grows," he says.