Sole Phase 3 Rollerball, des Alessandro Mendini (numbered limited edition of 500)
The Sole limited edition roller ball pen was designed by Milanese designer Alessandro Mendini. Since "sole"means sun in Italian, the design uses a bright yellow lacquer background and red suns with a hole drilled into the centre of each one.
"ALESSANDRO MENDINI FOR ACME" is laser engraved on the clip. The edition number is placed on the top of the cap. Only 500 pens of this design were made. No more will ever be produced. One of these pens is held in the permanent collection of the Museum Of Decorative Arts, Frankfurt, Germany.
About Alessandro Mendini:
Alessandro Mendini (16 August 1931 – 18 February 2019) was an Italian designer and architect. He played an important part in the development of Italian, Postmodern, and Radical design. He also worked for Casabella, Modo and Domus magazines.
The character of his design is marked by a strong interest in mixing different cultures and different forms of expression; he created graphics, furniture, interiors, paintings and architecture and also wrote articles and books. He was renowned as an enthusiastic member of jury in architectural competitions for young designers. He taught at the University of Milan.
Just as works of the Renaissance period expressed human values and sensibilities, Mendini contributed to bringing into the heart of design those “values” and “sensibilities” that have been eclipsed by commercialism and functionalism. He collaborated with leading international brands including Cartier, Hermes, Swarovski, Venini, ACME Studio and Supreme.
From 1989 up until his death in Milan in 2019 he ran his own practice in Milan, the Atelier Mendini, together with his younger brother Francesco Mendini (b. 1939).