From the preliminary design to the manufacture of the finished product, the initial idea of the architect Piero Lissoni has become reality thanks to the expertise of Knoll, with its ability to develop innovative solutions. Based on observation of a detail of an airplane wing, Lissoni has designed Red Baron by Knoll by combining parts that gradually become lighter, tapering into a slender sheet of metal rendered sophisticated by the almost imperceptible thickness and by the finish itself.Share
Red Baron is a modular bookshelf that focuses on material essence and personalized finishing for a unique touch and look, designed to store and display remarkable collections.
The support structure is made with steel posts clad in anodized extruded aluminium, while the shelves have a refined aluminium finish. The parts allow for compositions of different heights and lengths, using modules one meter in width and 45 centimeters in depth.
Structure in anodized aluminium, back in glass and side panels in chestnut
Structure in anodized aluminium, back and side panels in clear glass
Charcoal painted structure, back in glass and side panels in chestnut
Charcoal painted structure, back and side panels in clear glass
200cm W x 45cm D x 160cm H
300cm W x 45cm D x 160cm H
200cm W x 45cm D x 240cm H
300cm W x 45cm D x 240cm H
From the preliminary design to the manufacture of the finished product, the initial idea of the architect Piero Lissoni has become reality thanks to the expertise of Knoll, with its ability to develop innovative solutions. Based on observation of a detail of an airplane wing, Lissoni has designed Red Baron by Knoll by combining parts that gradually become lighter, tapering into a slender sheet of metal rendered sophisticated by the almost imperceptible thickness and by the finish itself.Describing the bookshelf, Piero Lissoni says: “Our reasoning focused on triplanes, on how the wings of airplanes are supported. Continuing to remove material, the quintessence of the design emerged: a very slender sheet of aluminium with vertical struts. Just like a triplane.” Red Baron is a modular bookshelf that focuses on material essence and personalized finishing for a unique touch and look, designed to store and display remarkable collections. Delicate but forceful lines generate a harmonious aesthetic balance, the result of removal of any superfluous elements in a project that puts a clear accent on its contemporary character. From the residence to the workplace, the bookshelf can alter its function while maintaining its aesthetic characteristics, depending on the choice of materials – extra-clear tempered glass or chestnut wood – which can also be applied in a mixed approach for the back and sides. The result is a family open to expansion, easily coordinated with the other products in the Knoll collection.
The architect, designer and art director Piero Lissoni (1956), after graduating from the Politecnico di Milano, founded the Milan based interdisciplinary studio Lissoni Associati in 1986 together with Nicoletta Canesi, developing architecture, interior and industrial design projects. Ten years later saw the opening of Graph.x, the graphics studio specializing in brand development and corporate identity. In 2013 it was the turn of Lissoni Architettura and in 2015 the New York based Lissoni Inc. was established, to follow the international market.
With its staff of 70, the studio develops architecture, interiors, design and graphics projects, including villas, residential complexes, offices, factories, theatres, restaurants and hotels, yachts, shops, retail areas, museum fit-outs, exhibition stands, furniture and lighting.
Piero Lissoni is art director of Alpi, Boffi, De Padova, Living Divani, Lema, Lualdi, Porro and Sanlorenzo for whom he designs a variety of products. Recognized as one of the masters of contemporary design, he works for many international brands including Alessi, Antrax, B&B, Bonacina1889, Cappellini, Cassina, Cotto, Fantini, Flos, Glas Italia, Golran, Illy, Janus et Cie, Kartell, Kerakoll, Knoll, Nerosicilia, Olivari, Salvatori, Tecno, Viccarbe.
Recently completed architectural projects include The Middle House for the Swire Hotels Group in Shanghai (2018), The Oberoi Al Zorah Beach Resort Ajman in the UAE (2017), Oceana Bal Harbour, the masterful 240-unit condominium in Miami (2017), Casa Fantini, an 11-room hotel on the shores of Lake Orta (2017), the Sanlorenzo SX88 yacht (2017), Roomers Hotel in Baden-Baden with 130 rooms and spa (2016), Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam (2012), Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem (2009), the renovation of the historic Teatro Nazionale in Milan (2009) and the production headquarters of Fantini spa (2018), Kerakoll Design Lab (2014), Glas Italia (2010) and Living Divani (2007).
Current projects include the Hotel Park in Croatia, the Autograph Hotel and Residences in Budapest, SLS Lux Hotel and Residences in Washington D.C., the Miami Beach Ritz-Carlton Residences, apartments at 45 Park Place in New York, the Hilton Tbilisi hotel in Georgia and private villas in Amsterdam, New York and Mumbai.
Lissoni’s interest in the art world brought him to design a variety of temporary shows in Milan: the room for exhibitions at Bagatti Valsecchi Museum, inaugurated with “The triptych of Antonello da Messina” (2015) and recently featuring “The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk” (2018), the retrospective of the photographer Giovanni Gastel, curated by Germano Celant, at Palazzo della Ragione (2016), the anthology of the Renaissance painter “Bernardino Luini e i suoi Figli” at Palazzo Reale (2014). Fondazione Palazzo Te has inaugurated in Mantua the exhibition “Tiziano/Gerhard Richter- Heaven on earth ” where Piero Lissoni, with Lissoni Associati and Graph.x, has designed the installation, the project of visual identity and the catalogue to accompany the show (2018-2019).
Piero Lissoni has received a series of international awards, including the Good Design Award, the Red Dot Award and the Compasso d'Oro ADI; he is Board Member of the MAXXI National Museum in Rome, he is visiting professor and part of the Advisory Board at the Politecnico di Milano, he is Honorary Member of the Altagamma International Council.