Born in Milan, Alessandro Mendini (1931- ) was one of the main personalities of the Radical design movement of the 1970s. In 1979 he joined the Studio Alchimia as a partner. He has been awarded several international prizes, including the Compasso d’oro in 1979 and in 1982. He holds an honorary title from the Architectural League of New York as well as the title of “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres” from the French Republic. He has written several articles and books and teaches at the University of Milan.