Laviani was born in 1960 in Cremona, Italy, famed for the stringed musical instruments made there. He has distinguished himself over the past twenty years with his designs for contemporary luxury objects whose innovative, inviting lines and forms speak the language of modernity.
An admirer of Memphis, the famous school of Italian designers at the forefront of modernity in the 1980s, Laviani is an intuitive, eclectic designer. With a sure hand and great clarity, he dares to mix classicism with modernism, baroque style with minimalism and opulence with simplicity. This approach has made him one of the major figures of Italian design.
As a child, Laviani dreamed of becoming an instrument maker. Sensitive to the original purity of Hennessy Paradis, the designer, with all the delicacy of a violin maker, has brought the Hennessy Paradis decanter into the 21st century with strength and grace.