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19 GIUGNO 2017

22:18 - Stati Uniti


(ICE) - ROMA, 19 GIU -

Don’t ask architect and designer Piero Lissoni about design trends. The playful Italian admits he doesn’t follow them. When it comes to style, he says he creates his own. And he only works with clients he likes.

Lissoni, 60, co-founder of the Lissoni Associati group known for work from furniture to hotels, is busy in Miami with luxury residential projects including the Ritz-Carlton Residences Miami Beach, Oceana Bal Harbour and Gran Paraiso. His firm employs about 100 people, keeping offices in Milan, New York, Tokyo and Miami.

By phone from Italy, Lissoni spoke with TRD about designing for Miami, differences between European and American style and having to be “schizophrenic” to run a global firm, among other topics. The interview has been edited for clarity and space.

What makes Miami different for design? First, Miami has a special light. Second, it has a combination of many different architectural thoughts. It’s modern on Brickell Avenue, full of incredible new towers. It’s Deco on South Beach. It has modernist buildings from the ’50s and ’60s. And everything is connected by water. You have ocean with beaches, lagoons with islands, and you have canals. It’s like Venice. And now it’s become one of the most interesting towns in the world, with the opera house, new museums, new intellectual life, new business … and more Europeans and South Americans than before. It’s become so cosmopolitan.

What are the challenges in designing for Miami? The competition is very high. Miami discovered European and international architects, and the architectural quality is rising. The challenge is to be better than the others who are there. In designing the Ritz-Carlton Residences, I tried for something more connected with nature, because so much in Miami is wide with balconies or tall with terraces. I tried for something more complicated, with many different facades, different dimensions and architectural qualities — like a small Portofino village.

Read more on: https://therealdeal.com/miami/issues_articles/crazier-than-his-clients/


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