Paolo Rizzatto

Paolo Rizzatto is the architect and designer who has designed for FIAM the hanging mirror in curved glass Hasami.

Rizzatto was born in Milan in 1941. In 1965 he completed his studies in Architecture at the Politecnico University in Milan and began working for Arteluce.

In 1968 he established his own studio; at the beginning he worked mainly in architecture and design. Among his architectural works there are: a day nursery in Segrate (1972), a detached holiday home in Formentera (1972), a residential neighborhood in Feltre, in the province of Belluno (1972), a suburban villa in Bazzano, Bologna (1976), semi-detached homes in Montesiro/Milan (1985) and a retirement home in Galliate/Novara (1986).

Between lighting and product design

In 1978, ten years after the opening of his studio, Paolo Rizzatto founded Luceplan with Riccardo Sarfatti. With the “265” lamp collection, for the first time Rizzato’s work was in the limelight. This collection would be followed by the “Berenice” filigree table lamps in glass, aluminium and plastic and the “Titania” hanging lamps, reminiscent of floating submarines (both created in collaboration with Alberto Meda and produced by Luceplan).

Rizzatto has also famous creations to his credit, for example “Costanza” and “Glassglass”. In the furniture sector, this designer gained success above all with the “Dakota” chair and the “Donald System” bookcase.

He had important collaborations with different realities such as Arteluce, Alias, Cassina, Joint, Knoll, Nemo Cassina, FIAM and Molteni.

Accolades, exhibitions and teachings

Over the years he has won many of the most important national and international awards for design. Just to name a few:

  • 3 Compasso d’Oro awards (in 1981, 1989 and 1994)
  • The Lamp d’Argent Sil in Paris, 1990
  • Design Plus Ambiente in Frankfurt, 1992
  • Product Award Lighting Fair in New York, 1992
  • The RedDot Award at Design Innovation in 1994 in Essen
  • The ECDP in Amsterdam in 1994

His creations are included in permanent collections of museums like the Wave Hill Museum Centre for Environmental Studies, the MoMa in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the National Museum of Science and Technology in Milan.

Also to his credit, his constant teaching activity carried out at several Universities: the University of Pescara, Columbia University in New York, the Politecnico University in Milan and Washington University in St.Louis


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