Roberto Menghi was born in Milan and graduated from the Polytechnic in 1944. After graduation he was called into the Second World War and after the Armistice his opposition to the setting up of the Italian Social Republic led to his internment in a concentration camp in Czestochowa. Once freed, he opened his own design studio in his home city, where he worked in architectural, interior and industrial design.
On two occasions Roberto Menghi received awards at the Triennale with the Gran Premio in the Glass and Design Sections and two Compasso d’Oro awards for Design. His work includes glasses for Bormioli, lamps for Fontana Arte and Omicron (now Nemo), armchairs for Arflex, polyethylene containers for liquids for Pirelli and the shells (prefabricated houses) for Zanotta. In the field of architecture he refurbished buildings with special artistic interest, such as Palazzo dei Giureconsulti in Milan.