Reblogged article from Architonic

In the latest installment of our Architonic Material Tendencies series, we speak to Piero Lissoni, whose works represent a broad spectrum of interest – from architecture, interiors and furniture design through to graphics, photography and art direction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Piero Lissoni – Photo © Architonic

Overview of all products by designer Piero Lissoni on Architonic

If you had to limit yourself in your work to a single material for the next three years, which one would you choose?

Piero Lissoni: I like all materials and I am very open-minded. Every material has its soul. If you limit the production to just one material from the beginning, you are automatically bound by strong rules. It is not for me to decide which material is better than the other. In a way, it is the project that finds the one honest and good material.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Have you identified certain trends in materials?

I don’t like trends. But I do use colours, new materials and new surfaces. I like to combine many different thoughts. Sometimes I ‘extremise’ the use of materials. For Porro, we used, for example, some new surfaces in wood, but we colour the wood in such incredible acid colours, so that the material is not used in its original, natural appearance. But at the same time we put together some very sophisticated surfaces.


Antibes for Boffi (2016) on Architonic

When working on a design project, where you are free? What do you consider first – the form, the idea, the material?

We are free, more or less. But if you jump out of the classical, romantic idea of creative freedom, I think that our life, professionally speaking, and our work is a team work. When starting a design project, I never wake up in the morning with one incredible, brilliant and revolutionary idea. It is a day-by-day discussion with the team. And it is not only my personal team. I think what matters most in the creative process is the dialogue with the factory team, the engineers and the many more players that contribute with their expertise. As a designer, I want to be involved in the whole procedure and I want to be able to intervene in the making process. I like this level of not being completely free. I like the limits that each process brings with it. Whenever I did something good, it was because the project was full of limits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kooh-I-Noor mirror for Glas Italia on Architonic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

System for Porro (2013) on Architonic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asymmetrical for Tecno (2006) on Architonic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lissoni Avio Sofa System for Knoll International on Architonic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

199 9 for Cassina (2016) on Architonic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T030 for LEMA (2014) on Architonic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clara for Flos (2016) on Architonic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alphabet™ | PL210-1 for Fritz Hansen (2008) on Architonic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fan for Desalto (2014) on Architonic

 

 

To the website of Piero Lissoni

TEXT BY ANITA HACKETHAL
BERLIN, GERMANY