Luca Meda is an important name in the history of Italian industry, and has contributed to the design culture of the Molteni Group with great passion. An example of harmonic partnership between creativity and business, art and industry. Almost a paradox for a designer who loves design and used the pencil more than any other instrument to describe and reinvent reality.
Luca Meda was born in Chiavari by chance – his family spent their holidays there. He grew up and studied in Milan, graduating from the Brera Art School. He loved the centre of Milan and its urban landscape. Its monuments, its anonymous houses, the near invisible interiors and the good quality objects inside them all contributed to his emotional growth and development.
He then studied in Germany, at the Hochschule fur Gestaltung in Ulm, one of the most prestigious international design schools, founded in 1954 by Inge Scholl-Aicher and directed by Max Bill.
His encounter with Aldo Rossi is a crucial moment. Together they opened a studio and took part in numerous competitions, such as that for the Contemporary History Museum in Milan.
Since the late seventies, Luca Meda has been working on design and mass produced series. His main partnership is with the Molteni Group.
His designs for Molteni&C. include a series of furnishings which are now considered icons, such as the Piroscafo bookcase designed with Aldo Rossi, the Zim and Ho chairs, the armchairs Hi Cove and Vivette and the 505 programme. Meda has also created furnishing systems such as Pass, which allows the client to match simple and elegant open containers, sideboards, bookcases, benches and shelves, and 909, a flexible system of chests of drawers.