Design finds its home in Milan: as a matter of fact, all year long, exhibitions, events and installations do nothing but confirm this statement. For the design lovers, therefore, Milan is a must-see. But, what can they see actually? When choosing among the many initiatives seems difficult, a person comes to rescue us, with his studios and his creations: Piero Lissoni.
Clean-shaven face, framed by a few wrinkles and by a tight smile. This is Piero Lissoni, architect and designer known worldwide.
Piero Lissoni was born in 1956: he attended the Politecnico of Milan and graduated in architecture. In 1986, he founded the Piero Lissoni and Associates and, ten years later, the Graph X.
More than 70 people, today, operate in its spaces with the aim to provide advice and to carry out design projects.
Since the ’70s, many people, both individuals and companies, have entrusted Lissoni’s taste: a simple yet elegant taste, with a minimal yet impressive impact. A taste that has marked the history of Italian design and that continues to do so.
Lissoni’s works have traveled the world and have been requested by the most diverse clients. Among the many architectural achievements, we recall a series of private villas, from the Hampton to Tokyo, the Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem, with more than 210 rooms, the main suite for the Pierre Hotel in New York and for the Taj Palace Hotel in Mumbai.
But, how can you witness Lissoni’s creative outburst if you are in Milan? Simple: just go to one of the places he has built or modernized.
Let’s find them out together!
Scattered through the streets of Milan, there are small oasis of design, created by Piero Lissoni.
These include showrooms, shops, restaurants and also cultural spaces.
We begin the tour of the spaces signed by Lissoni near the red metro station of Wagner. It is here, in fact, that rises the Teatro Nazionale. Mauro Rota, theater operator, asked for its construction in the ’20s and for its renovation in the ’80s. He asked Lissoni to manage the reconstruction work: today, the Teatro Nazionale hosts mainly musicals and enchants its guests with cozy interiors and unparalleled acoustics.
From culture to shopping, Lissoni misses nothing. In fact, he built a store of the Benetton group, the one in Corso Buenos Aires. “My choice” explains Piero “was oriented towards lighten and bright spaces capable of reflecting the spirit of the city with discretion.” Light is, in fact, a major element of this space, emphasizing the choice of the color white as the main hue and the basic and functional furniture.
Flashy, but still elegant, the Benetton store in Corso Buenos Aires retains the signature look of the designer.
Food lover, like any true Italian, Lissoni has also followed the creation of the Sicilian restaurant La Mantia, trying to balance the Sicilian tradition with the Milanese modernity. The restaurant is located near Corso Indipendenza and is an area of 1800 square meters featuring a decor reminiscent of Filippo’s passions, the restaurant owner and Piero’s friend: photographs, motorcycles and vinyls find their natural space within the restaurant, alongside with a library where, instead of books, Sicilian Caltagirone vessels are exposed.
Finally, Lissoni’s artistic touch is reflected in the showroom and atelier he realizes. First of all, although recently opened, there’s the one in via Solferino, known as space Fantini. The cobbled courtyard, the silence of a nineteenth-century building and its wide glass window welcome visitors in a space decorated as a home. Bookcases, armchairs and technological devices are inserted into a space where modernity and tradition dialogue and develop a design where the manufacturing craftsmanship meets the most innovative industrial processes.