Alberto Meda was born in Lenno Tremezzina, Italy, in 1945, Meda graduated from the Politecnico of Milan in 1969 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He began his career as technical director at the manufacturing firm Kartell. Since 1979, Meda has worked as a freelance design consultant for companies including Alfa Romeo, Alias, Alessi, Cinelli, Colombo Design, Gaggia, Ideal Standard, Italtel Telematica, Luceplan, Legrand, Mandarina Duck, Omron Japan, Philips and Vitra.
He has received numerous awards for his work, including a Compasso d'Oro for the "Lola" lamp in 1989 and one for the "Metropoli" lamp series in 1994. He also won the European Design Prize with designer Paolo Rizzatto in 1994 for their work with Luceplan.
From 1983 to 1987, he was a lecturer on industrial technology at the Domus Academy in Milan. Since 1995, he has been a lecturer at the Politecnico of Milan and also teaches a design and experimental prototypes lab. He has conducted seminars at the International Design Symposium in Fukui, at the Workshop Design Quest in Osaka and at the Design Center in Tokyo. Since 1995, Meda has served as a member of the Board of Designlabor Bremerhaven, Institut für System-und Produktgestaltung. His designs are in the permanent collection of the Toyama Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He lives and works in Milan.
Paolo Rizzatto (Milan, Italy 1941) earned his degree in architecture in 1956 at the Polytechnic of Milan. He works on architectural and design activities as a free-lance professional in his offices of via Bramante. From 1973 to 1976 he worked with the department of Composition of "Libera Universita degll Studi Abruzzesi" in Pescara.
Between 1969 and 1977 he designed several lamps which were produced by Arteluce. In 1978 he founded Luceplan with Riccardo Sarfatti. In the years that followed, he consolidated his experience in evnironmental lighting design thanks to his involvement with major projects in Italy and abroad. In 1981 he won the XII " Compasso d’ Oro" award for industrial design with his design of a lamp. Between 1985 and 1987 he designed for Busnelli and Molteni and was also involved with interior architecture, planning settings, exhibitions and private apartments. Together with architect Antonio Monestiroli, he continued his architectural design activities.
He has participated in national and international contests: Piazza Fontana-Milan 1968, Teatro-Udine 1974, Piazza-Ancona 1978, Les Balles-Paris 1979. Some of his architectural works include: a Nursery school in Segrate (Milan) 1972; single-family vacation home in Formentera (Baleari) 1972; Residential area in Peltre (Belluno) 1973; Suburban villa in Bazzano (Bologna) 1976; two-family houses in Montesiro (Milan) 1985; Home for the elderly in Galliate (Novara) 1986; Civic Center in Torricella Peligna (Chieti 1986. In 1989 he won the XV "Compasso d’Oro" award with the Lola lamp series, which together with the Berenice series prioduced by Luceplan, has been on exhibit in the "Museum of Modern Art" in New York since December 1989. In 1990 he was invited to Japan to represent Italian Design in the exhibition CREATIVITALIA in Tokyo. In 1991 he participated in the exhibition "HALOGEN-20 Jahre neues Licht" at the Durangewandte kunst Museum of Cologne. Again in 1991 the lamp Titania, produced by Luceplan, whas exhibited in the show "Capitales Europeeenes du nouveau Design " at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
In February 1992 he exhibited four lamps at the XVIII Triennale of Milan; Lola, Berencia, Bap and Titania. In 1992 he was invited to the Washington University School of Architectural Design Studio. In 1993 in Verona he participated in the exhibition "Camere con vista" within the context of "Abitare il Tempo". In 1994 the table with the adjustable height, Up-Down, produced by Nemo, received the Red Dot Award at Design Innovations ’94 in Essen. In 1995 he won the XVII " Compasso d'Oro" award with the Metropoli lamp series produced by Luceplan.