Masterful Minds – Furniture designers at the top of their game


We explore three preeminent furniture designers who demonstrate their skill in designing products for the home. Here’s a look at some of those geniuses.

Antonio Citterio

He’s a man who needs no introduction if you love furniture design. The double winner of the Compasso d’Oro (1987 and 1995) pushes the limits of design with his exceptional and exceptional architectural and industrial works. Born in 1950 in Meda, Citterio graduated from the Polytechnic of Milan. A highly sought-after designer, he has worked for a number of leading manufacturers – including Vitra, Flexform, Flos and Kartell – is the artistic director of the B&B Italia and Maxalto brands, and the architect behind the group’s showrooms around of the world.

Flexform Groundpiece Sofa

Flexform’s best-selling sofa by Antonio Citterio – Groundpiece

In 1999, with Patricia Viel, he founded Antonio Citterio and Partners: a multidisciplinary firm of architectural design, industrial design and graphic design. The company quickly rose to prominence with a series of projects for the luxury hotel chain Bulgari Hotels and Resorts – first for the first Bulgari hotel in Milan in 2004, followed by the Bulgari Resort in 2006, then the restaurant and Bulgari cafe in Tokyo in 2007. .

B&B Italia “Atoll” sofa by Antonio Citterio. Image; B&B Italy.

In the same year, Citterio received the Royal Designer for Industry award from the Royal Society for the encouragement of arts, manufactures and commerce in London. Citterio has worked for B&B Italia for decades. Its most famous pieces are the “Charles”, “Ray”, “Richard” and “Diesis” seating solutions, to name a few. He has also designed exceptional and iconic pieces for Flexform, such as the best-selling “Groundpiece” sofa. This modular system offers a wide range of configurations to fit any space and features coffee tables on arms, shelves and caddies to hold personal items and books.

Rodolfo Dordoni

Rodolfo Dordoni, creative director of Minotti

From the legendary stable of elite Milanese designers is Rodolfo Dordoni, whose vast repertoire of design products is renowned for its elegance, essentiality and innovative detailing. Born in 1954 in Milan, Dordoni obtained a degree in architecture from the Polytechnic of Milan in 1979. From the start of his career, Dordoni had an impact on the artistic direction and corporate identity of the most important personalities. prestigious. and the Italian design industry – Artemide (glass collection), Cappellini, Fortana Arte (furniture collection), Foscarini (lamps), Minotti and Roda.

Hamilton Minotti sofa

Best known for his work with Dolce & Gabbana, Dordoni has been involved in all aspects of image coordination since 1995, from his headquarters in Milan to his showrooms and boutiques around the world. In 2005, he founded Dordoni Architect Studios with architects Alessandro Acerbi and Luca Zaniboni, which focuses on residential and commercial architectural planning and interior design.

Minotti Hopper lounge chair

Minotti Hopper lounge chair. Photo: Minotti.

Dordoni’s success could be attributed to his deep and traditional approach to the design and production process which includes the development of image strategies, product concepts, design and the development of product marketing. The result? Objects that emphasize structure, proportion and elegant functionality are the unmistakable signature of Dordoni’s designs. Dordoni assumed the role of artistic director of Minotti in 1998. The relationship between Dordoni and the Minotti brothers, Renato and Roberto, is deeply rooted, and the trio share the same aesthetic principles and creative style – blending tradition and technology to produce the best “Made in Italy” products. Several of his iconic designs for Minotti include the “Hamilton” sofa and the “Hopper” lounge chair.

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Piero Lissoni

Piero Lissoni

Pierro Lissoni. Image:

Piero Lissoni is another prolific furniture designer who needs no introduction, especially if you’re a design junkie. He began his early academic years studying architecture at the Politecnico di Milano. After graduating in 1985, he began collaborating as a designer and art director with furniture manufacturers Boffi, Living Divani and Porro. In 1986, with Nicoletta Canesi, Piero Lissoni opened the Lissoni Associati studio; in 1996, they created Graph.x to develop graphic projects. The studio’s work encompasses architectural, graphic and industrial design projects, ranging from furniture, accessories, kitchens, bathrooms and lighting to corporate identity, advertising, catalogs and packaging. He has taken on interior design projects where clients from hotels, showrooms, trade stands, private homes, shops and yachts have come to him for advice on space design.

NY Aquarium

New York Aquarium. Image:

Piero Lissoni’s architectural projects include a private loft in Monza (2009); a villa near Como (2005); apartments and villas in Milan and Tuscany (2010); in Jerusalem the Mamilla Hotel with 210 new rooms and suites in addition to the interior design of the bar & lounge areas (2009) and the Scala restaurant (2008) serving kosher haute cuisine; the renovation of the public spaces of the Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal (2002-2004) in Venice; the Bentley Design Hotel™ in Istanbul (2002); the Al Porto Design Hotel on Lake Zurich (2001); the Mitsui Garden Hotel in Tokyo (2005). Besides the showrooms of Boffi, Cassina, Porro and Tecno, Piero Lissoni redesigned the headquarters of Living Divani in Anzano del Parco (2007), the headquarters of Glas Italia (2010) and Matteograssi (2010) near Milan; New offices of the La Rinascente group in Milan (2006) and a new Benetton commercial building in Istanbul (2009). Lissoni restored the historic Teatro Nazionale (2009) with sophisticated new state-of-the-art technology for Dutch multinational Stage Entertainment. Lissoni designed and produced the interiors of the 27m sailing yacht Ghost (2005) owned by a New York art dealer, and the 50m motor yacht Tribù designed for Luciano Benetton (2007).

His studio also designed the interiors of the Ferrari Club House at the Fiorano circuit; large private villas in Switzerland and Italy; the Conservatorium Hotel in Museum Square in Amsterdam; the beauty farm and hotel Mare e Pineta in Milano Marittima; the interior architecture of the David Citadel hotel in Jerusalem; boutiques and showrooms in Paris, London, Frankfurt, Milan, to name but a few.

K20 Fitted steel kitchen designed for Boffi. Image: Boffi.

Graph.x managed the visual identity, logo and billboards for the last three editions of the Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica di Venezia. In April 2010, the studio won the competition organized by the City Council of Maranello, for the rehabilitation of the square and the construction of a 30 meter high panoramic tower in steel and polycarbonate for the Galleria Ferrari museum with its 200,000 annual visitors.

Table Porro Materic

Table Porro Materic. Image: Porro.

The studio currently employs over 70 people including architects, designers and graphic artists and creates solutions for clients such as Alessi, Boffi, Cappellini, Cassina, Flos, Fritz Hansen, Glas Italia, Kartell, Knoll International, Lema, for to name a few. . Today, the busy Italian designer is recognized for several furniture designs such as his “8” sofa for Cassina, the “Softline” sofas for Living Divani and the “Materic” table for Porro.

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