Patricia Urquiola, by Timothy Schweizer


 Patricia Urquiola wa born in Oviedo, Spain in 1961. She is currently one of the most famous and influent furniture designer and interior designer in the world.

She graduated in 1989 with Achille Castiglioni from the School of architecture of Madrid Polytechnic and the Milan Polytechnic and became assistant lecturer for Castiglioni at Milan Polytechnic and ENSCI Paris. She than worked for DePadova and signed some of her famous designs such as Flower and Loom Sofa.

From 1993 to 1996, Urquiola was associated to architects Renzio & Ramerino and created numbers of architectural and interior designs such as restaurants and showrooms. She than became head of Lissoni Associati, working on designs for Cappellini, Cassina, Alessi, Boffi, Kartell etc.

She currently works for her own studio in Milan and creates mostly furniture designs for the greatest Design companies (B&B Italia, Kartell. MDF Italia, Molteni&C, Moroso…).

Urquiola has the ability to work in harmony with the biggest academic standards while also taking in consideration the impact that her products have on the vast public.

Although she is working in Milan for the biggest Italian design brands and was highly influenced by her Italian masters, she maintains the socio-cultural richness of her work through her Spanish origins and her varied ethnical inspirations. The soft lines and the formal simplicity thus often characterize her designs, and even when playful, fun and feminine, they are always functional and on the consumer’s side.

For example the Foliage collection perfectly illustrates the sensuality of her designs, bearing her clear graphic hallmark.Foliage

The sofa, as well as the armchair, are embroidered with topstitches covering their entire surface. Its is, as she says, “a dialogue between the natural and the artificial reality”.

The Husk Sofa is also, in my opinion, one of her strongest designs.HuskIt is made of recycled and recyclable materials, assembled so that every element is removable in order to facilitate the recycling process and reduce the environmental impact.

She thus focuses on the design of exchangeable units without using modular elements, offering a range of different colors and finishing, successfully creating environments that encourage positive feelings and company.



Time to make a book, Patricia Urquiola, Rizzoli International Publications, Inc


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