Patricia Urquiola, Piero Lissoni

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Patricia Urquiola:
Patricia Urquiola was born in Oviedo (Spain) and now lives and works in Milan. She attended the faculty of architecture of Madrid Polytechnic were she graduated in 1989 having done a thesis with Achille Castiglioni. From 1990 to 1992 she was assistant lecturer on the courses held by Achille Castiglioni and Eugenio Bettinelli both at Milan Polytechnic and E.N.S.C.I. in Paris. Between 1990 and 1996 she worked for the new product development office of De Padova and with Vico Magistretti signed the products: “Flower”, “Loom sofa”, “Chaise” and “Chaise Longue”.

From 1993 to 1996 she had an associate practice with architects de Renzio and Ramerino and was engaged in architectural design, showrooms, restaurants and franchising (Maska/Italy, Tomorrowland Stores/Japan, Des Pres/France). In 1996 she became head of the Lissoni Associati design group, working for Alessi, Antares-Flos, Artelano, Boffi, Cappellini, Cassina, Kartell, and others. At the same time, on her own, she designed for B&B, Bosa, De Vecchi too, Fasem, Kartell, Liv’it, Mdf, Molteni & C., Moroso and Tronconi and designed stands and showroom for Knoll, Moroso, Sag 80, and Somma.

Her products were selected for the Italian Design 2001 exhibition and for Intenational Design Yearbook 1999 and 2001. In 2001 she was chair of the jury for the 19th CDIM Design Award and was lecturer in the Domus Academy. She is currently conducting her professional activity in her own studio in Milan in the field of design, exhibitions, art direction, and architecture.
Piero Lissoni:

Piero Lissoni was born in Brianza, Italy in 1956.

He studied Architecture at Politecnico di Milano University, graduating in 1985.

Lissoni established Lissoni Associati with his partner Nicoletta Canesi in 1986 and Graph.x in 1996. Lissoni works in all design disciplines from industrial design, graphics, art direction to architecture and interior projects such as hotels, private houses, showrooms, shops and yachts.

Lissoni is often thought of as a minimalist but in reality the designer′s aim is creating a complementary cohabitation of different styles. He has been inducted into the New York Hall of Fame of Interior Design, and has won the Compasso d′Oro twice, the Good Design Award by the Chicago Atheneum Museum of Architecture three times, and the Best of the Best at the International Fair IMM in Cologne.

At present, Lissoni Associati Milano and Graph-X work with the following companies: Alessi, Artelano, Boffi, Cappellini, Cassina, Flos/Antares, Fritz Hansen, Glas Italia, Kartell, Knoll International, Living Divani, Poltrona Frau, Porro, and Tecno. Piero Lissoni is Creative Director for Boffi, Lema, Living Divani, Porro and Tecno overseeing all aspects of the companies′ design efforts.