Category Archives: me, family & friends

soccer – part I

Each year in june there is a soccer championship between architecture-design-graphic studios from Milano. For the last 2 years the female championship has also been taking place. We the Lissoni Associati’s team are the champions for both years! It is true that where only three teams – Lissoni’s, Antonio Citterio’s and Matteo Thun’s, but we won anyway! 🙂

2003 championship it is going to be much more interesting, because there are 6 female teams: Lissoni; Citerio; Thun; Cibic&Partners+Sottsas Associati; Design Continuum; Stars.
Yesterday we just won our first match against the Stars (4-1). To be precise our first match was supposed to be last week against Thun, but we won by forfait (2-0).
Our next match: thursday Lissoni vs. Cibic+Sottsass. I’ll keep you update!


mitla penha morato

20/01/1976 in Sao Paulo – Brazil

1981 Pre-school and Kindergarden Escola Cuca
1989 Grade School Colegio Palmares
1992 High School Colegio Santa Cruz
1999 University Architecture at FAU-USP Universidade de Sao Paulo
2000 MA in Design Domus Academy – Milano, Italy

Lorenzo Bustillos aka lorbus – in sep. 2002 I happily became Mrs. Bustillos!
Fiona Bustillos aka fiona – in May 2005 I happily became 1st time mom!
Lorenzo Bustillos aka lorenzino – in Sep 2010 I happily became 2nd time mom!

Milano, Italy – since jan 2000

Since feb 2001 I’ve been working at Lissoni Associati studio, from the architect-designer Piero Lissoni.

I simply love to play soccer !
I’m still a rookie in snowboard but I like it!
I ride my bike to work everyday.


for those who might ask… YES, Mitla is my name!

It came from the Aztec ruins of Mitla in Oaxaca, Mexico.
The place was a ceremonial center initially dominated by the Zapotecs followed by the Mixtecs.

Before going to USA in 1971 to do their master and doctorate studies, my parents spent a week in Mexico and visited Mitla. Even without knowing its meaning they decided that if they would have a daughter her name would be Mitla, because they simply loved both the place and the name.

I first knew the meaning as “morning star”, when my high school history teacher told me. How lovely!
Some years later I went on vacation to Mexico with my family. Of course Mitla was on our route… Then, visiting the place, for me and my parents surprise we discovered that the real meaning was “Place of the Dead”. wow…

I’d rather be with the first meaning. But I can say that the second one could be useful to keep away unwanted conversation:
“Mitla? What a beautiful name. What does that mean?”

More curiosities about my name?
Well… as far as I know I have never met another Mitla before. (If you know some, please tell her to contact me right away!)

There is a Mitla Pass at the Sinai Peninsula, near Suez Canal, that was strategically important to the Sinai Campaign during the Suez War 1956 between Israel and Egypt.

I recently discovered that there is a far west Cartoon called Tex, created by the italian Giovanni Luigi Bonelli , in which the main character Tex Willer has an female enemy called… Mitla. She is a charming, fascinating, mysterious and dangerous… WITCH!

-how many people besides the internet pioneers can have the domain

-having to do the spelling not only by phone, but also face-to-face

Wedding photos by Cynthia

Oppening my mailbox today I got a nice surprise. Cynthia, a long time family friend, has just published in her website my wedding photos. She was a special guest that flew all the way from Washington to S�o Paulo just to take part in the event in sep 2002. Besides the wedding ceremony, family and friends, there are nice photos she took of my home. Lots of ‘saudade’ (nostalgia) seeing them…
Following my TOP 2: “table set for lunch” and “Bianca on bed”

O Pato

When I was little my dad and I played bossanova together. He used to play the guitar so I could sing with my child like voice, which matches perfectly with the style.
Last month he came to visit us and we spent 10 nice days together. We reminisced old times…
Here is a version of the song “O Pato” (immortalized by João Gilberto in 1959) that he played, I sang and Lorenzo mixed and recorded in his computer.
Pure homemade quality!!! Enjoy.

First-time snowboarder

It didn’t snow in Milano. No problem at all… last week Lorenzo and I spent 4 days in the montains doing snowboard! It was really cool (pun intended)!
The ski resort: Valchiavenna; and the city: Madesimo, about 130 km north of Milano, in the Alpes, very close to Swiss border.
Snowboard… well, it was my very first time. Almost a week later and my body keeps reminding me that I was a freshman in the sport! Knees and butt painfull and purple.


I’m going to re-start my blog writing about another thing that I go crazy for: SNOW! Being brazilian, I just got really excited when I saw the weather report for next week in Milano: possibility of snow tomorrow and thursday!
For those who don’t know, Milano doesn’t get snow in the winter. But since I’ve been living here (jan 2000), it has snowed once in 2000/2001 and three times in 2001/2002!
My husband Lorenzo, who has lived in Wisconsin and in Chicago when he was a kid, keeps laghing at me every time I get excited about the weather report.