Alberto Meda is an engineer focusing on design, born in Tremezzina, in the Italian province of Como in 1945. He graduated with a laurea in mechanical engineering at the Politecnico di Milano in 1969. From 1973 he was the technical manager of Kartell, in charge of the development of projects of furniture and plastic laboratory equipment.
In 1979 he worked as a freelance industrial designer for various companies: Alfa Romeo Auto, Alias, Alessi, Arabia-Finland, Cinelli, Colombo design, Brevetti Gaggia, JcDecaux, Ideal Standard, Luceplan, Legrand, Mandarina Duck, Omron Japan, Philips, Olivetti, Vitra, etc.
Alberto Meda came to design from engineering, bringing with him a pragmatic mind and an attention to details in materials and production process, in addition to formal concerns. This applied-science background has shaped Meda’s recognizable stamp of elegant simplicity, designs that are at once modern in form, and organic in feel. It was this individual sophistication that caught the eye of Rolf Fehlbaum, the chairman of the Swiss manufacturer Vitra, who commissioned the Italian engineer to design a chair some 20 years ago. Thus began a collaboration that continues to this day, resulting in some of the most memorable seating pieces up to and including the MedaPro and the newest design from 2005, the MedaPal.“Creativitalia” (Tokio1990) e una personale alla Design Gallery di Matzuia Ginza (Tokio1990).
XVIII Triennale, ‘La leggerezza’ sezione del ‘Il Giardino delle cose’ (Milano1992).
“Mestieri d’autore” (Siena1993),
“Mutant materials in contemporary design“ al MOMA-(New York 1995)
“Meda-Rizzatto” alla Galerie Binnen (Amsterdam 1996)
Designer of the year, personale al Salon du Meuble (Parigi 1999)
“Italia e Giappone: design come stile di vita” (Yokohama, kobe 2001)
Design and Elastic Mind- Moma 2008
Triennale di Milano Il Design Italiano oltre le crisi-2014
Youthful - spazio Domus, Milano 2015
The Bauhaus#itsalldesign. Vitra Design Museum 2015
Teaching and research**From 1983 to 1987 lecturer on industrial technology at Domus Academy.
Seminars at International Design Symposium in Fukui, at Workshop Design Quest in Osaka, and at Design Center in Tokyo.
From 1995 lecturer at Politecnico of Milan "Corso di Laurea di Disegno Industriale" with a design lab.
From 1995 to 1997 member of Board of Designlabor Bremerhaven
From 2003 to 2007 lecturer at IUAV in Venice with design workshops.
From 2016 Member of the Scientific Committee of the Fondazione Politecnico di Milano
Several lectures and seminars such as Chicago, St.Louis at Washington University, Stockolm, Miami, San Paulo, Taipei, Ulm, Istanbul, Toronto, Mexico, HongKong, Firenze, Oslo, Istanbul, Lausanne, Seul, Chicago
Awards**1989 "Compasso d'oro" Lola lamp(Luceplan)
1994 "Compasso d'oro" "Metropoli" lamps (Luceplan)
2008 "Compasso d'oro" MIX lamp (Luceplan)
2011 "Compasso d'oro" Teak table(Alias)
2016 "Compasso d'oro" Flap acoustic panel (Caimi Brevetti)
2018 “Compasso d’oro” Origami screen-radiator (Tubes)
2005 “Hon Royal Designer for Industry” Londra RSA
2007 "INDEX:award" Solar Bottle
1992 "Design Plus” Titania lamp, Luceplan
1994 "European Design Prize", Luceplan
1995 "Industrie Forum design" Hannover UNI – X family lamps,
1996 "Industrie Forum design" Hannover Titania Clamp lamp
1997 Good design Gold Prize–Japan Meda chair, Vitra
1998 I.D design review ’Best of category’ Meda chair, Vitra
1999 Designer of the year, Salon du Meuble de Paris
2000 Bundespreis Produktdesign Meda chair, Vitra
2001 Good Design Award Chicago Athenaeum Water Jug, Arabia
2002 Reddot Award knives, Iittala Finland
2006 "Design Plus" e “Light of the future” MIX lamp, Luceplan
2012 Best of – Design Plus per OttoWatt, Luceplan
2014 Best of Neocon (U.S.A) Silver Award Flap, Caimi Brevetti
2015 German Design Award Flap, Caimi Brevetti
2016 DesignEuropa Awards (EUIPO) Flap, Caimi Brevetti
2016 Good Design Award Chicago Athenaeum Origami, Tubes
2017 Red Dot with Frame 52, Alias
2018 Red Dot Best of the Best with Aledin lamp, Kartell
Some products are part of permanent collection of Museum of Modern Art of Toyama and since 1994 The Museum of Modern Art in New York, includes in its Design Collection "Light light " chair 1987, "Soft light "chair 1989, "Longframe" 1991 by Alias, and "On-Off" lamp by Luceplan1988.
He works and lives in Milan.