Design Icon: Piero Lissoni
Piero Lissoni is one of the most influential Italian architects, designers and Art director. Following the mastery of Achille Castiglioni and Ettore Sottsass, Piero Lissoni with his keen sense of minimalism, clean and industrial aesthetics has designed numerous products and spaces for renowned Italian brands such as Bonacina, Glas, Salvatori, Sanlorenzo, Thonet, etc.
During his Architecture studies at the Polytechnic University of Milan in the late 1970s, Piero, under the extraordinary mentorship of Achille Castiglioni and Marco Zanuso started envisioning architecture and design as one all-inclusive discipline. Piero Lissoni's approach to design comes with a great study of proportions, an acute sensitivity for the subtlety, and a philosophy to design not for specific function but design for human beings.
His interiors and architecture projects include offices and showrooms, yachts, private homes, and hotels. In recent years, his prominent works are the Monaco & Grand Canal in Venice, the Al Porto hotel on Lake Zurich,
To be an architect means to be flexible. I like to design everything. My process is a bit schizophrenic, I jump in and out between scales. The most important aspect of my work is proportion.
Colonade bookcase by Piero Lissoni for Salvatori was designed to minimize the waste while maximizing the quality of the design. It involves industrial techniques in its production and yet, because the kind of stone we use changes each time, each Colonnata is different.
Piero’s contribution in the design and architecture world has been recognized worldwide and has earned him a series of international awards: Good Design Award, the Red Dot Award, the Compasso D’Oro ADI/Association for Industrial Design, Elle Décor International Design Award, Wallpaper Design Award to name a few. He is also a guest lecturer and member of the Advisory Board at the Milan Politecnico University.
Piero Lissoni's design approach has always been fresh, innovative, comfortable both for the body and the mind, while his architecture projects reflect order and balance that makes his projects real chefs-d’œuvre.
The ideal product should reveal the research behind it, and have a certain amount of style. A period of long reflection goes into my projects and the development phase may take years and require constant modifications.