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In close cooperation with the Italian architect and designer Alessandro Mendini we have created 3 unique Marmoleum designs that reflect his pointillist style: Proust, Harlekino and Plato. The 3 designs are available in a bright, contrasting variant and one of more subdued, greyish tones, both in the same geometric pattern.

"The commission from Forbo Flooring gave me the opportunity to design a Proust floor in Marmoleum. The variations are keyed in such a way that they are easily recognisable and can be used one after the other."

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Marmoleum meets Mendini

Allesandro Mendini

Allesandro Mendini

Alessandro Mendini was born in Milan in 1931 and graduated in 1959. He is an architect, artist, designer and design manager, theorist and journalist and began his profession at the Nizzoli studio.

In 1970 he gave up planning to concentrate on journalism relating to architecture and design: He has edited Casabella, Modo and Domus through which he has transmitted his ideas of renewing the world of design. Along with Branzi and Sottsass and with his presence in Global Tools and Radical design, he was the main force behind the renovation of Italian design in the 80’s.

In the late 70’s he went back to designing and various projects and in 1979 joined the Alchimia Studio. This group of radical designers in the 80’s in Memphis had upset functionalist designers by designing objects for sheer artistic pleasure and by referring to popular culture and kitsch. This was well outside the norms of industrial production and practicality.

With Alchima he created objects, furniture, environments, paintings, installations and architectural works. Among his most significant works during this period were the Groningen Museum and the reinvention of the Alessi image for whom he is meta-projectual consultant.

In 1989 he opened the Atelier Mendini in Milan with his brother Francesco and continued his career as a sophisticated, pop designer. The key element is always a clever hybrid between art and design resulting in popular objects that achieve great commercial success.

Alessandro Mendini portrait

Marmoleum meets Mendini

Marmoleum meets Mendini

"A product is never mine alone. When I have a good idea, I try to realise it and then choose a company. If it’s a bad company, then the result is a bad product, or no product at all. A strong company, on the other hand, has all the necessary technology and productive capacity at its disposal."

"The commission from Forbo Flooring gave me the opportunity to design a Proust floor in Marmoleum. The variations are keyed in such a way that they are easily recognisable and can be used one after the other – for the floor of a store, for example.

But the effect is much stronger when they are combined in a single space – simultaneously on the floor, the walls and the ceiling. The advantage here is that the walls then function as a Marmoleum showcase and a sort of three-dimensional Marmoleum catalogue."

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Harlekino

Inspired by Harlekino

Harlekino – emblematic of Mendini himself – is at the heart of the ‘Marmoleum meets Mendini’ flooring collection. The bright, colourful version refers to a harlequin’s suit, while the softer version has a more classical appearance, which combines wonderfully with marble.

Harlekino is composed of 7 colours. The colour of the lines that define the diamond shapes can be repeated in a simple border round the edge of the room.

Mendini self portrait

Proust

Memories of Proust

This floor design comes closest to designs made earlier by Mendini such as the Poltrona di Proust. The brush-strokes are clearly visible in this floor, powerfully magnified to a size of about 50 cm. Proust contains 7 colours.

As with all Mendini floors, the panels can be connected to create a wall-to-wall design. It’s also possible to lay a panel as if it were a rug, creating a strong accent within a larger uniform area of Marmoleum flooring.

Poltrona di Proust

Plato

Platonic relationship

The Plato design reflects the principles of pointillism, in which the brush-strokes are abstracted into square shapes overlaid in a variety of ways. Plato is available in a brightly coloured version (in 8 Marmoleum colours) and one based on softer shades.

With each order Mendini’s signature is delivered on a strip of Marmoleum, ready to be incorporated in the overall design.

Mendini Plato Forte

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