After graduating in architecture from the Politecnico di Milano, Piero Lissoni started out on his career as designer and Art Director. Together with Nicoletta Canesi he opened the Lissoni Associati studio in 1986 in Milan.
1996 saw the creation of Graph.x, a company dedicated to the development of graphics projects. The work of the studio, with a staff of over 60 people, involves architecture and interiors, industrial and graphic design.
Projects include hotels, resorts, showrooms, shops, headquarters, trade fair stands, private houses and yachts, from furnishing to lighting, from art direction to corporate identity, from catalogues to packaging. Piero Lissoni develops projects for Alessi, Boffi, Cappellini, Cassina, Cotto, Desalto, Fantini, Flos, Fritz Hansen, Glas Italia, Golran, Kartell, Kerakoll, Knoll International, Lema, Living Divani, Lualdi, Matteograssi, Porro, Salvatori, Tecno, Viccarbe. Incursions into the fashion world encompass store design and working with Italian brands such as Benetton, Gallo, Piazza Sempione, Santandrea, Serapian, in addition to the creation of showrooms for the New York designer Elie Tahari.
Architectural projects embrace private residences along with company headquarters, theatres and hotels, including the Grand Hotel Billia and Spa in Saint Vincent (Aosta) with its adjoining Parc Hotel, Casino and Congress Centre (2013); the Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam, former Conservatory of Music converted into a hotel (2011-2012); the Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem with its 210 rooms and suites (2009); the renovation and interior design of the Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal in Venice (2002-2004); the Bentley Design HotelTM in Istanbul (2002); the Mitsui Garden Hotel in Tokyo (2005); the Studio M Hotel in Singapore (2010); the Hotel Bellariva, an historic manor house on Garda Lake (2010); the principal suites for The Pierre Hotel in New York (2010) and for The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai (2010); the interior design of a five star hotel destination in Croatia, the Hotel Park facing the Marina and the old town of Rovigno; the Lionheart Capital development The Ritz-Carlton-Residences Miami Beach, a conversion of a former hospital into exclusive waterfront condos and villas; private villas in Amsterdam, Geneva and Tel Aviv. Lissoni has recently inaugurated the Roomers Hotel Baden-Baden with its 130 rooms and spa in Germany; he has completed the renovation of the historic 384-room David Citadel Hotel in the Old City of Jerusalem.
In addition to showrooms for Boffi, Cassina, Porro and Tecno, the headquarters of Living Divani in Anzano del Parco (2007), the headquarters of Glas Italia (2010) and Matteograssi (2011) near Milan, the new offices of La Rinascente Group in Milan (2006), the eight-storey Benetton Store in Istanbul (2009), Piero Lissoni completed the new flagship stores for De Padova and Fantini in Milan and for Lema in London, the Alpi showroom in Milan, the Kerakoll Design Lab in Sassuolo. Lissoni renovated the Teatro Nazionale in Milan (2009) for the Dutch group Stage Entertainment, maintaining the historic façade. In collaboration with the Brenta Yacht Design Studio, Piero Lissoni designed the interiors of the 36m sailing yacht Ghost (2005); in partnership with Mondo Marine shipyard, he designed the 50m motoryacht Tribù (2007); he transformed Enzo Ferrari colonial house and office on the test track into the Ferrari Clubhouse at the Fiorano racetrack (2011).
Piero Lissoni’s expertise and passion for food and kitchen design led the firm to design the restaurant D’O for the celebrated chef Davide Oldani in San Pietro all’Olmo (2016) and the restaurant Filippo la Mantia Oste e Cuoco (2015) for the Sicilian chef, in Milan. His interest in the art world brought him to design the photographer Giovanni Gastel retrospective, curated by Germano Celant, at Palazzo della Ragione (2016), the room for temporary shows at Bagatti Valsecchi Museum, inaugurated with the exhibit “The triptych of Antonello da Messina” (2015) and the exhibition on the Renaissance painter “Bernardino Luini e i suoi Figli” at Palazzo Reale (2014) in Milan.
The studio is currently developing projects worldwide: the Oberoi Resort Hotel in Ajman, Persian Gulf/United Arab Emirates; a boutique hotel in the centre of Moscow; the interior architecture and design for the group Swire Hotels in Shanghai; the development of a new business brand for Shilla Stay Hotels, with the opening of 12 new hotels for the Samsung group in Seoul and different locations in South Korea.; a complex of condos and villas for The Ritz-Carlton Residences in Miami Beach; a new boutique hotel in Baden Baden; a hotel/spa on lake Orta; the interior architecture and design of a residential tower in Manhattan. Piero Lissoni has received numerous professional awards. He took part in the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012, at the Italian Pavilion in Architetture del Made in Italy and at the Palazzo Bembo in the exhibition Traces of Centuries & Future Steps; in 2005 he was inducted into the Interior Design Magazine Hall of Fame in New York. The Graph.X studio has been responsible since 2007 for coordinating the visual identity of the Venice International Film Festival organized by La Biennale di Venezia.