Alessandro Mendini is Milan’s most influential designer of objects, furniture, concept interiors, installations and architecture. During the 70’s Mendini worked consecutively as director for Casabella, Moda and Domus (to which he recently returned). Before opening Atelier Mendini with his brother Francesco in their hometown, Mendini had already been awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the Milan Polytechnic Alessandro, as well as the Italian Compasso d’Oro of design and honorary titles in Israel, France and New York. Mendini paints and references paintings in his designs, treating larger streetscapes as a picturesque landscape. It is these, Atelier Mendini’s most visually stimulating artistic projects—the designs for the Naples Subway and the Byblos Art Hotel in Verona—that received the 2003 Medaglia d’Oro all’Architettura Italiana and the 2006 Villegiature Award.