The new Lissoni Outdoor Collection, a collaboration between Knoll and the esteemed designer Piero Lissoni, made its debut at Knoll’s pavilion at this year’s Salone del Mobile. The space was meticulously curated by Jonathan Olivares, Knoll’s newly appointed senior vice president of design. The pavilion served as a residential backdrop for Knoll’s existing and new collections, “At its best, Knoll has acted as a platform that captured and catalyzed the zeitgeist in architecture and design,” Jonathan expressed, highlighting the brand’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of design.
The Lissoni Outdoor Collection draws inspiration from Richard Schultz’s iconic 1966 Leisure Collection, the first truly modern outdoor furniture collection. Richard’s groundbreaking aluminum Leisure Collection was born out of a need for furniture that could withstand the salty climate of seaside homes, revolutionizing outdoor furniture design.
Piero emphasized the collaborative nature of the design process, “It’s a strong collaboration between me and the team at Knoll,” he said. “Design is teamwork, and we work together to bring the vision to life.”
The Lissoni Outdoor Collection showcases a thoughtful combination of materials and technologies. From initial sketches to the creation of 12 different prototypes, Piero and the Knoll team honed the design into several tables, stools, an arm chair, and three variations of sofas. “The collection quietly complements other Knoll outdoor collections,” adds Piero.