The prolific architect and designer Piero Lissoni is based in Milan and operates a satellite office in New York. After opening his studio in 1986, he worked on his first project for Boffi, and his client list quickly grew to include Alessi, Artemide and Kartell. He later delved into architecture, building a portfolio that includes hotels, corporate headquarters and private homes around the world. From structures to furniture to accessories, Lissoni works magic with simple, clean lines. He strives to create buildings and interior furnishings “that are clean and more or less silent.” His latest chair was named after Audrey Hepburn because, like the actress, it has a slim and elegant silhouette. It took him five years to design the Audrey Chair (2011), and in the process he helped Kartell develop a new method of robotic production. “For me, design means industrial,” says Lissoni, “but I’m also connected with human beings.” Built to withstand the elements, Audrey’s die-cast aluminum two-part frame is made without welds. The rattan-like seat and back are made from durable plastic with an open-weave structure that helps keep you comfortable by permitting air circulation. This sleek streamlined chair can go anywhere, from indoors to out, residential to commercial. Made in Italy.
Die-cast aluminum frame with painted finish; plastic seat and back.
Since the mid-1980s, Italian designer Piero Lissoni has been quietly and diligently building his reputation as an internationally renowned architect and product designer. Though not quiet in demeanor - gregarious and charming, he exudes Italian charm - he strives to create buildings and interior furnishings "that are clean and more or less silent." Lissoni describes his approach "humanistic," meaning that his projects combine all aspects of the human experience to create something holistic. Like a classic modernist, he strives to combine the history and legacy of thechair or building, along with the technology, art and culture of the current day.