Lisa Smith is an industrial designer who creates home and office products. His many projects are among the collections of Steelcase, Brayton, Haworth, Davis Furniture, Gunlocke, Paoli, Nambé Mills, Levenger, Vittorio Bonacina, Fasem. Smith has received numerous awards for his work both abroad and in the United States. He exhibited his work at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, the Smithsonian Institute, the National Building Museum in Washington DC and the Chicago Athenaeum. With his design for the “AIDA” chair he began an ongoing collaboration with Mazzei. Other design clients have included Vittorio Bonacina, Sedie & Co., Bros’s, Metals, Maxitalia, Prototipo, Bamax, Giomo, Mazzali, Fendi Casa, G5 Cucine, Errebi Cucine, Altrenotti, Specialisti del Riposo, Casaitalia, Barilla, Pentagono, View, Multipla, Phorma, Ceramica Casalgrande Padana as well as others in furniture and complementary furnishings. Its products are sold in many boutique museums including the Museum of Modern Art Store in New York. Smith teaches at the Pratt Institute’s Industrial Design Department.
Observation and research are extremely important to the development of its ideas to become its product. At the same time, it is equally important, though sometimes disillusioned, to employ the sensory intelligence of our hands and our eyes. After the initial spark that generates the idea, my process naturally starts with paper and pen, then I quickly move on three-dimensional models. I build a three-dimensional idea so that bone can analyze shape as I define the project. In this way I relate to the tradition of handicraft women but in reality I am creating a product for serial production.