design Alessandro Mendini

AM 01 - hideaway lacquered
wooden compact kitchen

The compact kitchen AM 01 is a block (120 by 75 cm) that can either be positioned against the wall or remain free-standing in the middle of the room.

Made of wood panels with two curved cabinet doors, the exterior is lacquered polychrome with three decoration possibilities, from monochrome to bright colours. Inside, the main functional elements have been resolved with the utmost attention to space, function and ergonomics.

Also the aesthetics of the inside are immaculate, and the differences in material and colour compared to the outside create a sense of surprise when the cabinet is opened. Inside are shiny materials such as silkscreened glass and stainless steel.

The three colour variants correspond to three distinct product trends – Classic, Fashion and Casual – to be selected according to the possible place of use, such as office, elegant home, or a room used by young people.

This project is conducted by Alessandro and Francesco Mendini with Andrea Balzari.

Alessandro Mendini

Alessandro Mendini

In 1989, the Mendini brothers opened Atelier Mendini in Milan.

The Atelier has designed many different types of work in Italy and abroad. These include the Alessi factories; subway stations in Naples; the Olympic pool in Trieste; a tower in Hiroshima, Japan; the Groninger Museum in Holland; a city quarter in Lugano, Switzerland; an office building for the Madsack company in Hanover, Germany; and the high-speed train terminal in Gwangju, South Korea.

Atelier Mendini has received many international awards. One is the 2003 Gold Medal for Italian Architecture at the Triennale di Milano.