Meet the Artist: Piero Lissoni
Lissoni studied Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano and on graduating in 1985, he began collaborating as designer and Art Director with furniture manufactures Boffi, Living Divani and Porro. In 1986, together with Nicoletta Canesi, Piero Lissoni founded “Studio Lissoni”, which later became “Lissoni Associati”, and in 1996 they created Graph.x to develop graphics projects. The work of the studio includes archirecture, graphic and industrial design projects, ranging from furniture, accessories, kitchens, bathroom and lighting fixtures to corporate identity, with advertising, catalogues and packaging.
Known for his austere lines, demure fabrics and shades of grey with occasional bright accents, Lissoni is considered one of the most prominent and exciting contemporary Italian designers and architects. His clean designs are a hybrid of modernist and contemporary chic and contrast playfully with natural daylight throughout the building's spaces. Furniture from leading Italian manufactures such as Living Divani, Kartell and Cassina sit prominently in all communal spaces while accent pieces such as vintage Asian rugs provide a sense of familiar comfort and cement the Conservatorium as one of the best designed hotels in Amsterdam. Besides the Conservatorium hotel, Lissoni also did the interior design at Mamilla hotel in Jerusalem and the refurbishment at David Citadel and Hotel Café Royal in London.