Made by MENDOAbout the books
Who will recognize a great book better than a bookstore? A bookstore run by graphic designers. Here’s why: at MENDO we get market feedback seven days a week, we are blessed to be surrounded by a bunch of talented, inspiring people – photographers, writers and publishers – and after being a bookstore for more than 15 years, we can easily say we know what book aficionados are looking for. Don’t you agree that initiating, creating and realizing jaw-dropping books now, only comes natural?
A MENDO publication is a well-designed book with visually stunning creative content, browsed by people to be amazed and inspired. The subject-matter is one of our pre-defined curated categories, fashion, photography, interior, sport, lifestyle, food and traveling. In general, a MENDO book is a piece of furniture in itself.
A reflection of the legacy of Italian minimalism
The first book on the work of Milanese architect and artist Vincenzo De Cotiis is a celebration of refined aesthetics. Incorporating salvaged materials into his tables, chairs, lighting fixtures, cabinets, and screens, De Cotiis’s world appears ageless and graceful. The Milanese designer developed a reputation for stripping domestic spaces and hotel projects back to their Art Nouveau, Napoleonic, or even ancient frames, letting the natural wear of a building’s interior breathe history through inhabited space.
‘De Cotiis feels free, even compelled, to explore the ambient tension between crumbling antiquity and futuristic minimalism.’
As a designer, he is preoccupied with the weathering effect of time. His objects marry patinated and uneven finishes in compositions that incorporate traditional Italian craftsmanship and materials including Murano glass. Both his renowned interior architecture and his furniture works reflect the influence of the artist's forefathers, Gio Ponti and Carlo Scarpa.