Italian taste and style are famous throughout the world, especially when it comes to design and interior design. The know-how of the artisans and the creativity of the designers meet and take shape in the projects signed by the Best Italian interior designers.
There are now established names that still today continue to create great projects, bringing the name of Italian design to new heights. Among these is Piero Lissoni, Italian architect, art director, and designer, who in 1986 founded the interdisciplinary studio Lissoni Associati with Nicoletta Canesi.
The studio has been collaborating for years with some of the main names in Italian design, including B&B Italia, Bonacina 1889, Cappellini, Cassina, Glas Italia, as well as working as art director for companies of the caliber of Alpi, Boffi, De Padova, Lema, Living Divani, Porro, and many others. It is for Porro that Piero Lissoni recently signed the furniture brand’s stand at the Milan Design Week 2019.
A space that was presented as a large contemporary villa, free from design constraints. The stand was completely covered by storage systems, with walls that seemed to disappear and furnishings that became architecture, in a path full of ever more different glimpses and compositions.
Another prominent name among the Best Italian interior designers is Ferruccio Laviani. Having graduated in architecture in 1978, Laviani trained at the studio of Michele De Lucchi, another important name in Italian design. In 1991, Laviani founded his studio in Milan where he worked on product design, interior design, art direction, and graphics.
One of his first projects dates back to 2008 with the exhibition dedicated to lamps designed for Kartell, Bourgie and Take, today in the permanent collection of IMA, Indianapolis Museum of Art (USA).
In 2015, Laviani, still for Kartell, develops a new concept for the Kartell Museum in Noviglio, updating his previous interior design project which had received the Premio Guggenheim Impresa & Cultura 2000, as the best museum of a private company.
He recently collaborated with the designer Paula Cademartori on his new pop-up store at the Galleria del Toro, adjacent to Piazza San Babila in Milan.
Another important collaboration by Laviani is the one with Foscarini, a lighting company for which he designed many cult pieces and for which he redesigned the new Milan showroom.
From fashion icons to master painters to timelessly elegant architecture, for most of us Italian is synonymous with beauty and style. But mastering the art of Italia can be intimidating; pairing just the right colors, textures and elements to look modern and fresh – not busy and old fashioned – to achieve that impression of effortless chic can leave even the most dedicated home goods guru daunted.
It doesn’t need to be nerve-wracking, though. Whether you’re looking to update a more traditional room, supplement your current look with a touch of Mediterranean cool, or transform your space into a modern Italian fantasy from the ground up, we’ve got everything you need to make your design scheme (not to mention your guests) shout “bellissima! thanks to a new Italia-focused homewares site—Artemest. Created with a focus on bringing small Italian business owners to the international stage, it makes it easy to look like you’ve trawled the vintage markets or visited Murano glass blowers in Venice to pick up gorgeous homewares.
Balance a Clean Look with Cozy Warmth
First things first – when it comes to doing modern style the Italian way you need to forget stark Scandinavian minimalism, according to Italianbark founder Elisabetta Rizzato.
“Modern Italian style is not so much into rich patterns and textiles,” Rizzato says. So if you’re looking to infuse a touch of the Italian into your design ideal, avoid what she refers to as “the ‘too much’ effect” by steering clear of pattern or color pile-ons that can be a hallmark of more traditional European styles.
One way of achieving this delicate balance is to anchor your look with stalwart pieces like an oversized sofa in a luxe, buttery leather that serve as a base off of which your accents will really pop. To avoid overwhelming the eye, opt for dramatic, eye-catching pieces in milder shades and textures like sleek gold or marble to give your Italian theme a boost.
Turn Your Eye to Un-plain Neutrals
Particularly when it comes to a modern palette, “mild” colors are nothing at all like bland. Though Italian style may bring to mind deep wine shades and rich earth tones, Rizzato encourages the use of neutrals, since pale, creamy hues lend a sense of airy freshness that will make any room look palazzo-worthy. To keep everything looking and feeling sleek, turn your eye to chic neutral hues that are accented by infusions of technicolor intensity.
“I would recommend choosing a neutral color palette, such as ‘greige’,” she says. “Then add pops of color with one piece of furniture or with some colored accessories.” Look for pieces that utilize bold jewel tones (emerald green is especially on-trend right now) to create focal points that give a sense of modern, not mod.
Embrace Italian Classics
Looking for a more mix-and-match option than reflooring? Italy’s history is teeming with design stars, so it’s hardly a surprise that even the most modern Italian styles employ a nod or two to the country’s legacy. Rizzato suggests eyeing up modern pieces inspired by iconic Italian designers. “Adding an iconic piece from Italian design of the ’60s and ’70s could be a really good and everlasting choice,” Rizzato notes. Look for options like this timeless hourglass-shaped silk lamp that will give your scheme an un-dowdy sense of history.
Invest in Statement Lighting
While you’re shedding light, it’s hard to do better than a modern Italian chandelier for a complete room revamp with a single piece. Modern designers eschew ordinary recessed lighting and sconces that fade into the background in favor of a centerpiece light with some serious pizzaz. To achieve maximum impact that’s in keeping with Italia style, look for versions that blend some traditional Italian craftsmanship like mouth-blown Murano glass with more stripped down modern sensibility to give it an authentically Italian feel.