- Location: Italy
Piero Lissoni studied Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano and on graduating in
1985, he began collaborating as designer and Art Director with furniture manufacturers
Boffi, Living Divani and Porro. In 1986, together with Nicoletta Canesi, Piero Lissoni
founded “Studio Lissoni”, which later became “Lissoni Associati”, and in 1996 they
created Graph.x to develop graphics projects. The work of the studio includes
architecture, graphic and industrial design projects, ranging from furniture,
accessories, kitchens, bathroom and lighting fixtures to corporate identity, with
advertising, catalogues and packaging. Interior design projects include hotels,
showrooms, trade stands, private houses, shops and yachts.
The studio currently employs over 70 people to include architects, designers and graphic
designers and creates solutions for clients such as Alessi, Boffi, Cappellini, Cassina,
Flos/Antares, Fritz Hansen, Glas Italia, Kartell, Knoll International, Lema, Living
Divani, Poltrona Frau, Porro, Tecno, Thonet and Wella. Incursions into the fashion world
involve store design and collaboration with Italian brands such as Allegri, Benetton,
Piazza Sempione, Santandrea tailoring, Serapian and the American designer Elie Tahari.
Piero Lissoni architectural projects include a private villa near Como (2005); the
renovation and refurbishment of the public areas of the “Monaco & Grand Canal” hotel
(2002-2004), the design of the “Bacaro” bar-restaurant (2003) and the “Andrea Zanin”
pastry shop (2007), all three in Venice; the “Bentley” Design Hotel™ in Istanbul (2002);
the “Al Porto” Design Hotel™ on Zurich lake (2001) and the “Mitsui Garden” hotel in Tokyo
(2005). In addition to showrooms for Boffi, Cassina, Porro and Tecno, Piero Lissoni redesigned the headquarters of Living Divani in Anzano del Parco (2007) and La Rinascente
Group’s new offices in Milan (2006).
In collaboration with Luca Brenta Yacht Design, Piero Lissoni has designed and realized
the interiors of the 27m sailing yacht “Ghost” (2005), owned by a New York art dealer,
and the 50m motor yacht “Tribù”, designed for Luciano Benetton (2007).
He has realized various showrooms for BY, a partnership between Boffi, Living Divani and
Porro to produce a complete ‘Made in Italy’ system for home furnishing: the first
showroom opened in New York in 2007 and was quickly followed by Munich, Lyon, Los Angeles
and London. Graph.x handled the entire corporate identity, logo and billboards for the
2007 and 2008 editions of the Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica di Venezia.
Projects in progress include a luxury resort on Dellis Cay, a private island in the Turks
& Caicos, to include a Mandarin Hotel, residences and large villas; in Miami the interior
architecture for the Shangri-La Hotel & Residence; in Amsterdam an innovative design
hotel in the Museum Square area; in Jerusalem the Mamilla Hotel with 192 new rooms and
suites in addition to the interior architecture of the bar & lounge areas and the Scala
restaurant (2008) serving Mediterranean kosher haute cuisine; on Garda Lake the
renovation of an old palace converted to a luxury hotel; in Milan the re-opening of the historic Teatro Nazionale scheduled for 2009; a new Benetton building in Istanbul;
private lofts and villas, shops and showrooms all over the world.
Piero Lissoni has received numerous awards throughout his career: in 2005 he was inducted
into the New York Hall of Fame of Interior Design; he won the Elle Decoration
International Design Award for “Table System” (2006) and “ Glass bathtub” (2009) by
Boffi; the Good Design Award by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum with the chair “Hi Tech”
(2007) by Living
Divani. He was recognized New Designer of the Year at the World Superyacht Awards for the
sailing yacht Ghost in 2006. The Tribù yacht received the Green Yachting certification
for its ecological attributes (2007) and won the Monte-Carlo Showboat International Award