Paolo Rizzatto was born in 1941 in Milan. He took his degree in Architecture in 1965 at the Milan Polytechnic.
In his studio he works as a freelancer in the fields of architecture, interior design, light design and product design.
In 1978 he founded Luceplan together with Riccardo Sarfatti and Sandra Severi.
His architectural works include:
Daycare Center in Segrate (Milan) 1972, Single-family Vacation House in Formentera (Baleares) 1973, Residential Quarter in Feltre (Belluno) 1974, Suburban House in Bazzano (Bologna) 1976, Double-family Housing in Montesiro (Milan) 1985, Home for Elderly in Galliate (Novara) 1986, Luceplan Factory and Headquarters in Milan 1997.
He has designed for Arteluce, Artemide, Luceplan, Alias, Cassina, Nemo, Danese, Fiam, Molteni, Knoll, Kartell, Philips, Montina, Thonet, Poltrona Frau, Guzzini, Serralunga, Lensvelt.
He has taught at various University Institutes: Università degli Studi Abruzzese in Pescara, Columbia University in New York, Milan Polytechnic, Cranbrook Center in Detroit, Washington University in Saint Louis, Architecture Institute in Moscow, Architects Association in Saint Petersburg, Università degli Studi in Palermo, IUAV in Venice.
His works have been published in magazines, catalogues and books in Italy and abroad.
Projects by him presented at Seminars or Exhibitions of architecture and design are included in the permanent collections of numerous Foundations and Museums: his “Mix” lamp (a Luceplan production) has recently been included in the permanent Collection at MoMa in New York.
Architectural Associations in London, Triennale in Milan, Wave Hill Museum Center in New York, Museum of Modern Art in New York, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Museo della Scienza e della Tecnica in Milan, Camere con vista at ”Abitare il tempo” in Verona, ”Creativitalia” in Tokyo, “Halogen - 20 Jahre neues Licht” at Durangewandte Kunst Museum in Cologne, “Capitales Européennes du nouveau design” at Centre Pompidou in Paris, “Tecniques Discretes” at Musée des Arts Decoratifs of the Louvre in Paris, “Mutant Materials” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, “Exercises in Style” in New York and in Tokyo.
He has been awarded numerous prizes, among which may be mentioned:
Five Compasso d’Oro Prizes in 1981,1989, 1995, 2008 and 2011
La Lampe d’Argent Sil / Paris 1988
Forum Design Cosmit / Milan 1988
La Lampe d’Or Sil / Paris 1990
“Design Plus” design / Frankfurt 1992 and 2006
Design Plus Ambiente / Frankfurt 1992
Product Award Lighting Fair / New York 1992
Red Dot Award Design Innovations / Essen 1994 and 2010
European Community Design Prize/ Amsterdam 1994
Industrie Forum Design Prize / Hanover 1996
Swiatlo’99 / Warsaw 1999
Good Design Award Chicago Athenaeum Museum / Chicago 1999 and 2010
Winner at the International Competition for the “Darsena di Milano” / 2004
“Light of de Future” Energy saving sources / Frankfurt 2006
Prize of the Prizes for Innovation / Rome 2011