Patricia Urquiola was born in Oviedo (spain) in 1961, she lives and works in Milan. She attended the school of architecture of Madrid Polytechnic and Milan Polytechnic, where she graduated in 1989 with achille castiglioni from 1990 to 1992 she was assistant lecturer to both Achille Castiglioni and Eugenio Bettinelli in Milan and Paris. From 1990 to 1996 she was responsible for the new product development office of depadova, working with Vico Magistretti in 1996 she became head of Lissoni Associati’s Design Group.
In 2001 she opens her own studio working on product design, architecture, installations, amongst her last projects of architecture: Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Barcelona and W Retreat&Spa a Vieques (Puerto Rico); a villa in udine; scenography of the opera “L’incoronazione Di Poppea” by Monteverdi; showroom and installations for Hermès, Gianvito rossi, Flos, Moroso, H&M and the general Concept of Pitti Immagine Firenze, she designs for the most important italian and international firms as Agape, Alessi, Axor, B&B Italia, Bart Design, Bisazza, BMW, Bosa, Budri, Chevalier Edition, Il Coccio, de Padova, de Vecchi, Emu, Fasem, Salvatore Ferragamo, Flos, Foscarini, Glas italia, Kartell, Kvadrat, Mixing Media, Maurice Lacroix, Liv’it, Peter Mabeo, Moroso, Mutina, Olivari, Panasonic, Paola Lenti, Rosenthal, Champagne Ruinart, San Lorenzo, Tronconi and also she works as a consultant for Honda and LG.
Some of her products are exposed in the permanent collection of Moma in New York and other international museums. Urquiola has won several international prices and awards, amongst others the medalla de oro al mérito en las Bellas Artes 2010 awarded by the Spanish government (2011) and the A&W magazine nomination as designer of the year 2012.
She was awarded as Designer of the Year for the magazines Wallpaper, Elle Deco, and Designer of the Decennium 2000-2010 for the German magazines Home and Häuser. Among others, she received the Red Dot Award and the Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Awards. Personal exhibitions on her work have been shown all over the world.
Her design is clean and she creates pretty and unique pieces. She stands out for the original designs of objects and furniture that she produces for the best and most important international firms. The designer of some of the most emblematic pieces in the current range, she created the Maia collection, one of her most characteristic works, for Kettal. AD Architecture Design Award 2008.
Italian brand Boffi has a modular kitchen system by Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola at its Chelsea showroom during London Design Festival 2015.
Objets Nomades swing chair – Patricia Urquiola for Louis Vuitton – Made from nylon rope and complemented with leather cushions, the project definitely has a unique appearance.
Butterfly (for B&B Italia) gets its name from the “butterfly” shape created by the outer corner that joinsthe armrest and the backrest. it is a modular seating system that responds effectively tothe needs of modularity and comfort, suitable for free and informal usage. its modularstructure is shaped around an ottoman, which is the base piece, and which, whenintegrated with the backrest and/or the armrest, becomes a central or terminal element,either left or right. the combination of these elements, using a simple joint system, makesit possible to freely set up versatile configurations, from in-line sofas to cornersolutions, from front-facing to lounge layouts. this first textile sofa in b&b italiaoutdoor collection is characterised by soft and sinuous shapes.
Lariana (for Agape) is a compact bathtub of reduced dimensions. This feature, combined with double wrapping, gives lightness to the solid structure and accentuates the linear form of this modern product. The bathtub is made of white Cristal plant.
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