"I only create buildings that are human in scale. Because there is a price to pay for every great piece of architecture."
Piero Lissoni and Nicoletta Canesi
Piero Lissoni and his partner, Nicoletta Canesi, are architects and industrial designers with offices in North America and Europe. Lissoni has a degree in architecture from the prestigious Milan Polytechnic and initially worked with Boffi as an art director and designer. With Nicoletta Canesi, he founded the architectural firm Lissoni Associates in Milan in 1986, and a decade later formed Graph.x, a design studio, focusing on corporate identity, signage and packaging.
The work of the award-winning design associates includes architecture, graphic and industrial design projects, ranging from furniture, accessories, kitchens, bathrooms and lighting fixtures, to corporate identity, advertising, catalogs and packaging. Clear lines, subtle forms and an eye for special materials are the hallmarks of Lissoni’s designs. He is considered to be an innovator and, in many ways, represents the best traits associated with contemporary Italian design. Known for his sophisticated simplicity, his architecture and interior design projects include hotels, showrooms, exhibitions, private houses, shops and yachts. Known collectively as Piero Lissoni, the associates handle projects around the globe.
In spring 2010, Nicoletta Canesi and Piero Lissoni launched a new division within the Lissoni Group: BY Lissoni, a full-service design and brand advisory firm providing complete lifestyle solutions for hospitality and residential development projects. BY Lissoni is headquartered in New York. The studio has worked with a wide range of international clients including Alessi, Boffi, Cappellini, Cassina, Flos/Antares, Fritz Hansen, Glas Italia, Kartell, Knoll International, Lema, Living Divani, Poltrona Frau, Porro, Tecno, Thonet and Wella. The studio has also worked on store design and collaborated with numerous fashion brands including Allegri, Benetton, Piazza Sempione, Serapian and Elie Tahari. Culture + Commerce has brokered a number of as yet unpublished hospitality projects in major cities across the USA that will further raise the profile of the acclaimed team at Lissoni Associati.