Alessandro Mendini, architect, was born in Milan. In the 1980s, his theoretical contributions were important in promoting a renewal of Italian design called Nuovo Design. Significant objects put into production include the Vassilij armchair (1978-1979), tea and coffee services for Alessi (1983), the Dorifora armchair for Zabro (1984). His works are included in the MOMA, the archives of the University of Parma and the Centre Pompidou of Paris. He taught design at the Hochschule fur Angewandte Kunst of Vienna. He opened the Atelier Mendini in Milan with his brother (Paradise Tower in Hiroshima with Yumiko Kobayashi, 1989). He had a solo show at the Fondation Cartier in Paris in the 2001 and recently at the Palazzo della Triennale in Milan in 2005.