Piero Lissoni wins Compasso d’Oro for his Career


Congratulations to our Art Director, Piero Lissoni, who has been awarded  the Compasso d’Oro for his career as an undisputed protagonist of Italian design culture.
“A career marked by modernism, a career path consisting of cohesion and method, able to offer united reassuring and measured gazes combined with thrilling poetics. A career that has known how to explore and combine different project disciplines, rendering to us the idea of the unitary nature of creative action”.

As Porro’s  art director since 1989, he led the company in the 1990s to specialize in modular systems for living areas and the sleeping area, for the home and office environments, which reflect its spatiality of architectural imprinting and an incessant aesthetic, material and technical research. The Modern day system of containers and suspended shelves launched in 1996, a mathematical model that began with a square matrix and then was multiplied over time, the Storage system of wardrobes, open wardrobes and walk-in closets introduced in 2000 and reimagined in 2022, alternating transparent and material worlds and the System bookcase and equipped wall system from 1996, combining an exceptional human touch with incredibly high technology. 

In 2015, the new-generation Boutique Mast graphic system was added, a new intellectual model serving as a passe-partout between the sleeping and living areas, followed in 2020 by the Glide sliding partitions: a sort of alphabet that dialogues with the other Porro systems. 

Iconic pieces bearing his signature include the Ferro table from 1994, a thin metal shape suspended in the mid-air like a giant origami, the Neve chair from 2010 with its inclined lines that appear like a stylised drawing, the Materic table from 2017, created with the freedom to incorporate all materials, and Ryoba table from 2018,  without dimensions that depend on those of the tree  from which it was made, in a continuous creative challenge to push the boundaries of imagination.

Piero Lissoni has also designed Porro's exhibitions, trade fair stands, and stores worldwide, the result of a close collaboration with the company.

Photo: Veronica Gaido