In the world of architecture and design, few women run global businesses. Nicoletta Canesi manages one from her home base in Miami.
A graphic and interior designer by training, Canesi keeps a steady hand on the Lissoni Associati group that now employs about 100 people on three continents. She and her better-known partner Piero Lissoni founded the group in Italy in 1986 and now have offices for their varied firms in Milan, New York, Miami and Tokyo. He’s typically out front with creative concepts that often feature clean lines; she’s more often behind-the-scenes, busy with negotiating, organizing teams and overseeing projects – including some she’s designed herself.
Lissoni Associati has designed consumer products, hotels, residences and other projects in Holland, Israel, China, Argentina and beyond, often working with the same clients for decades. Canesi spearheaded the group’s recent U.S. expansion. In Miami, her team is working on two luxury condo projects that both debuted last week as part of Art Basel/Miami Art week.
Canesi, 58, spoke with The Real Deal about her Miami projects, designing for sunny South Florida, working in the meeting-heavy U.S. market and being a woman in a male-dominated industry.
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