PIANO NOBILE is a design studio and fabrication workshop. Our work combines structure and surface design, fine art and fine craft. PIANO NOBILE is an Italian term we first heard in Venice, where life and work take place a few steps above sea level, on the second floor. We take our name from the upstairs loft where we started our studio.


Isabelle Grizzard Robertson, artist
Nickolas Robertson, architect


We create practical, intelligent, and beautiful design solutions through innovation and collaboration. In the studio and in the field we combine disparate techniques appropriate to each distinct project, from commercial and residential architecture to product design and materials development.  

The design studio creates systems and plans for homes, commercial spaces, and industry. We work throughout North America.

The workshop produces organic linens, lighting, and home goods.  Our wholesale goods can be found in stores throughout the US and in Japan. Our design work has been featured in national print publications and websites, including Elle Decor, Interior Design, Sunset, Martha Stewart Weddings, Remodelista, Bloesom, and Apartment Therapy.


We use all-natural, sustainable materials whenever possible, whether we are creating small edition prints on organic cotton or constructing a site-sensitive plan for a green home. We are also committed to the development of new environmentally and socially responsible processes and materials for manufacturing and building.



Piano Nobile is in Ballard, an old boat-building village that is part of the city of Seattle.  Piano Nobile is open by appointment only, except during gallery exhibitions, tours, and special events. Please contact us to schedule a visit. 

Interested in our ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES? Email us at the studio!

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