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A Maximalist Spirit

ISSIMO sits down with Ida Corti, Chief Executive of home textiles and fashion emporium Lisa Corti

ISSIMO x Lisa Corti, interview with Ida

Lifestyle label Lisa Corti is a whole mood. Known for its boldly graphic designs and maximalist approach to home ware, the Milan-based brand has been making (very colourful) waves in the fashion and interiors world for close to 60 years, bringing playfulness and joy to anything it touches – from table linens and cushions to sunny clothes for women and men.


It’s no wonder we at ISSIMO have long been fans – and collaborated with the brand on some seriously eye-popping collections. Lisa Corti products make us smile, and when it comes to decorating our dwellings or adding items to our closets, there’s no greater quality than that.


Much of the credits, of course, should go to Lisa Corti herself. Now 82, this formidable woman has been the driving force behind the company’s rise, pioneering that ‘more is more’ aesthetic we love so much. But it’s together with her daughter Ida, who’s been the business’ chief executive for the past 14 years, that she’s really pushed the Lisa Corti name to new heights.


We spoke with Ida to hear more about the brand, and what makes Lisa Corti so special.

How would you describe Lisa Corti in three words?

Eclectic, daring, and sophisticated.

Lisa Corti has been collaborating with ISSIMO for some time. What do the two brands have in common?

The curiosity to leave the marked and obvious paths behind. 

Do you have a product you are particularly attached to?

Our mezzerie – cotton cloths and covers of various sizes. They are so versatile, and can be used as tablecloths, sarongs, curtains, bedspreads….

ISSIMO X Lisa Corti bougainvillea stripes napkin, table white veronese home decor

Do you have a favourite pattern?

I always like the overlapping of floral elements and geometric elements like stripes, reinterpreted with our woodblock printing technique.

Is there a separation between clothing and tableware in the world of Lisa Corti?

I think both worlds take inspiration from the same sources, which are then rendered on different materials.

Growing up, did you feel the influence of your mother in your stylistic choices? Have you always liked colours, prints etc?

Of course. My mother was a pioneer in mixing styles and colours. I grew up in a very free world from a stylistic point of view to which I then added my personal interests.

How would you set the table for dinner with friends?

Obviously, it depends on the context but I always like to have flowers and coloured glasses, in addition to a coloured tablecloth.

Is there a secret behind the art of tablescaping?

The personality of whoever prepares it!

Lisa & Ida Corti
Lisa & Ida Corti

Where do you look for inspiration?

Trips are a major source of inspiration for me.

Where are you spending the holidays?

In Kastellorizo, Greece.

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