Photo Courtesy Studio Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners

Antonio Citterio was born in Meda in 1950, started his design office in 1972, and graduated in architecture at the Milan Polytechnic in 1975.

Between 1987 and 1996 he worked in association with Terry Dwan and, together, they designed buildings in Europe and Japan.

In 1999, with Patricia Viel, he founded Antonio Citterio and Partners. The office operates at international level developing complex long-term projects, all scales and in synergy with a qualified network of specialist consultants.

Antonio Citterio  currently works in the industrial design sector with Italian and foreign companies such as Ansorg, Arclinea, Axor-Hansgrohe, B&B Italia, Flexform, Flos, Fusital, Hermès, Iittala, Kartell, Maxalto, Sanitec Group, Technogym and Vitra.

In 1987 and in 1994 Antonio Citterio he was awarded the Compasso d’Oro-ADI. Since 2006 he has been full professor of Architectural Design at the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture (Switzerland). In 2008 he was honoured by the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce of London, which gave him the title of Royal Designer for Industry.


Patricia Viel, of French nationality, was born in Milan in 1962. She graduated in architecture at the Milan Polytechnic in 1987 and started her collaboration with Antonio Citterio in 1986.

Since 1999 she has been a partner of the Studio in charge of architecture, with expertise regarding a conception of architecture based on forceful integration of the project and the urban landscape.

From 2005 to 2012 she was a member of the Board of Advisors of the Istituto Nazionale di Architettura InArch. – Milan.

In September 2009 the office changed its official name to “Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners”. In 2010 Patricia Viel has been awarded the PIDA Career Award, promoted by the Ischia International Prize for Architecture.




Photo credits Vincenzo Colecchia

Born in Cremona in 1960,  Laviani attends the International Professional Institute for the Arts and the Violin Making of Cremona and graduates in 1978. He latter attends the School of Architecture, at the Polytechnico of Milan where he graduats in 1986, while attending at the same time the private school of the Politecnico di Design Milan, from 1982 and graduats in 1984.

He started working for Michele De Lucchi in 1983 and becomes a partner at Studio De Lucchi srl from 1986 to 1991, when he opens his own studio in Milan.

Lavini’s work mainly focuses on art direction for companies, industrial products and retail spaces. Since 1991, he has been the art director for Kartell and has collaborated with companies such as Flos, De Padova, Foscarini, Moroso, Society (Limonta), Emmemobili, ect, in the creation of the design concept for retails spaces, and set-ups, for fashion and furniture brands including: Cassina, Dolce and Gabbana, Dada – Molteni & C., Barovier & Toso, Piper-Heidsieck, Missoni, Citroen, Hansgrohe, Forum BR, Arezzo BR, RAI, Martini and Rossi, Swarovsky, Veuve Cliquot, Hennessy, Marazzi Group, La Rinascente, Lead, Ermenegildo Zegna, Renault, Haworth, Emilio Pucci, Zara, Habitat, etc.

He has designed products for the following brands: Kartell, Foscarini, Dada – Molteni, Emmemobili, Hennessy, Moroso, Unopiu, Lema, Poltrona Frau, Fontana Arte, Fratelli Boffi, Richard Ginori, Laufen, Citco, Spider-Marazzi Group, Memphis, Driade, Panasonic, Pelikan, etc.




Photo credits Giovanni Gastel

In 1986, together with Nicoletta Canesi, Piero Lissoni opened the Lissoni Associati studio. 1996 saw the creation of Graph.x a company dedicated to the development of graphics projects. The work of the studio, with a staff of over 60 people, involves architecture and interiors, industrial and graphics design projects, from furnishing to lighting, from art direction to corporate identity, from catalogues to packaging for hotels, resorts, showrooms, shops, headquarters, trade fair stands, private houses and yachts.

The studio develops projects for Alessi, Boffi, Cappellini, Cassina, Desalto, Fantini, Flos, Fritz Hansen, Glas, Kartell, Knoll, Lema, Living Divani, Lualdi, Matteograssi, Porro and Tecno.

Some of the more recent architectural projects include Grand Hotel Billia and Parc Hotel Billia in Saint Vincent (2013); Conservatorium Hotel (2011-2012) in Amsterdam; Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem (2009); Mitsui Garden Hotel in Tokyo (2005); the renovation and interior design of the Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal Hotel in Venice (2002-2004).

Piero Lissoni renovated the historic Teatro Nazionale in Milan (2009), he completed the headquarters of Living Divani in Anzano del Parco (2007), the headquarters for Glas Italia (2010) and Matteograssi (2011) near Milan, and an eight-storey Benetton Store in Istanbul (2009).

The studio is currently developing projects worldwide: Al Zorah Resort Hotel in Ajman/United Arab Emirates; the interior architecture of Shilla Stay Hotels in Seoul and different locations in South Korea; a complex of condos and villas for The Ritz-Carlton Residences in Miami; the interior architecture and design of a tower in Shanghai for the Swire Hotels group.




Photo credits Max Zambelli

Patricia Urquiola was born in Oviedo (Spain) in 1961. Lives and works in Milan. She attended the University of Architecture at Madrid Polytechnic and Milan Polytechnic, where she graduated in 1989 with Achille Castiglioni. Assistant lecturer to Achille Castiglioni and Eugenio Bettinelli in Milan and Paris, responsible for the new product development office of DePadova, working with Vico Magistretti, head of Lissoni Associati’s design group.

In 2001 she opened her own studio working on product design, architecture, and installations. Amongst her last projects of architecture: The museum of Jewel in Vicenza, Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Barcelona, das Stue Hotel in Berlin and the Spa of Four Seasons Hotel in Milan; showroom and installations for Gianvito Rossi, BMW, Missoni, Moroso, Molteni, Officine Panerai, H&M, Santoni and the general concept of Pitti Immagine Firenze. She realize design products for the most important italina and international companies, such as B&B, Boffi Cucine, Moroso, Molteni, Mutina, Kartell, Agape, Rosenthal, Baccarat, Kettal, Kvadrat, Andreu World e Hansgrohe.

Some of her products are exposed in various Museums and collections, such as MoMA in New York and Triennale Museum in Milan.
She has won several international prices and awards. Amongst others the Medalla de Oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes (Gold Medal of fine arts) awarded by the Spanish Government; Order of Isabella the Catholic, awarded by His Majesty The King of Spain Juan Carlos I; “Designer of the decade” for two German magazines, Home and Häuser, “Designer of the Year” for Wallpaper, Ad Spain, Elle Decor International and Architektur und Wohnen Magazine, Premio Marisa Bellisario “Donne ad Alta Quota” for Art & Design.
Ambassador of Expo Milano 2015.