Special Invite – Piero Lissoni Nov. 21 at the Center for Architecture

Piero Lissoni, Founder and Design Principal, Lissoni & Partners – Photo credit Matthias Ziegler

On Monday, Nov. 21st, from 6 – 8:00 p.m. Piero Lissoni will make a very rare appearance and talk about:  Unintentionally Perfect:  The Philosophy of the Error

At the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place.


Every project has an incredible capacity to create, to generate, to produce errors, sometimes in a way that is totally unintentional, either because some things—a proportion, a depth, a height—are underestimated or because they are taken into account too late in the project. Sometimes it is a material that behaves differently to how we thought it would. However, precisely because error is uncontrollable, this ingredient becomes part of the alchemical formula of the project itself and suddenly, the thing, which at first sight seemed to be an error, now becomes the strongest point of the project.

Piero Lissoni’s lecture will explore the “philosophy of the error” through a narration of anecdotes and experiences from the world of design.

Piero Lissoni, Founder and Design Principal, Lissoni & Partners, is an architect, art director, and designer recognized as one of the masters of contemporary design. For over thirty years, he has developed projects all over the world in the fields of architecture, landscape, and interior, as well as in product and graphic design. He is also art director for Alpi, B&B Italia, Boffi, Living Divani, Lema, Lualdi, Porro, and Sanlorenzo.

Some of his most important architecture and interior projects include the Shangri-La Shougang Park in Beijing (2021), realized for the 2022 winter Olympics; the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Miami Beach (2020); the Grand Park Hotel in Croatia (2019); the restyling of the historic Camparino bar in the Galleria of Milan (2019); the Middle House for the Swire Hotels Group in Shanghai (2018); the residential projects One Paraiso and Grand Paraiso in Miami (2018); the Oberoi Al Zorah Beach Resort Ajman in the UAE (2017); the Sanlorenzo yachts SX112 (2020), SX76 (2018), and SX88 (2017); and the Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam (2012); in addition to the corporate headquarters of Boffi, Cassina, Fantini, Glas Italia, Living Divani, and the Sanlorenzo shipyards in La Spezia and Ameglia. Lissoni has received a series of international awards, including the Good Design Award, the Red Dot Award, and the Compasso d’Oro ADI.

This event is offered in person; COVID-19 vaccinations and face masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors. 

Organized by AIA New York and Lissoni and Partners