Born: 1945 Best-known work: Titania lamps, STAR LED lamp, Screen lamp, Queen Titania lamp, Orchestra lamps, On Off lamp, Mix lamp, Metropoli lamp, Lola lamp, Lightdisc lamp, Fortebraccio lamps, Berenice lamps, BaP lamp Training: Engineer
Background Alberto Meda was born in Tremezzina, Italy in 1945. In 1969 he received a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan. In 1973 he became the technical manager of Kartell, with responsibility for the development of furniture and plastic lab equipment. In 1979 he started working as a freelance industrial designer for a variety of companies including Alfa Romeo Auto, Alias, Alessi, Arabia Finland, Cinelli, Brevetti Gaggia, JCDecaux, Ideal Standard, Luceplan, Legrand, Mandarina Duck, Omron Japan, Philips, Olivetti and Vitra.
From 1983 to 1987 he was a lecturer in industrial technology at Domus Academy. He has held seminars at the International Design Symposium, in Fukui, Workshop Design Quest in Osaka and the Design Center in Tokyo. From 1955 he was a lecturer for the Master’s program in Industrial Design at the Polytechnic University of Milan. Since 2003 he has lectured and held workshops at IUAV in Venice.
Meda’s work is very well-known and has been recognized in many international competitions:
"Compasso d'Oro" for Lola lamp from Luceplan, 1989 "Design Plus" prize for Titania lamp from Luceplan, 1992 "European Design Prize" for his work with Luceplan, 1994 "Compasso d'Oro" for Metropoli lamp series from Luceplan, 1994 "Industrie Forum Design" Hannover for UNI-X lamp series, 1995 "Industrie Forum Design" Hannover for Titania Clamp lamp, 1996 I.D. Design Review "Best of Category" for Meda chair from Vitra, 1997 "Designer of the Year" Salon du Meuble de Paris, 1999 "Bundespreis Produktdesign" 2000/2001 for Meda chair, 2000 "Good Design Award" Chicago Athenaeum for Water from Arabia Finland, 2001 "Red Dot Award" for knives from Iittala, 2002 "Honourary Royal Designer for Industry" RSA London, 2005 "Design Plus" & "Light Of The Future" for MIX LED lamp from Luceplan, 2006 "INDEX: Award" for Solar Bottle, 2007 "Compasso d'oro" for MIX LED lamp fom Luceplan, 2008
Several of Meda’s creations work are part of the Museum of Modern Art (New York) Design collection, including the On Off lamp from Luceplan from 1988.
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