Patricia Urquiola



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Patricia Urquiola was born in Oviedo and studied at the Faculdad de Arquitectura de Madrid as well as graduating from the Milan Polytechnic in 1989, with a thesis supervised by Achille Castiglioni. She consider herself very Spanish: "an Asturian of Basque descent". After graduating in '89, she started working for Maddalena De Padova's "product development office", eventually being put in charge of it, and there she met Vico Magistretti, with whom she was later to work. Magistretti and Castiglioni, two key figures in Milanese design, influenced her outlook and led her to cultivate her talents and abilities.

In 1998 she began working with Moroso creating upholstered furniture. She devised a new conception of seating, with interchangeable components for a truly modifiable living room. She opened her own practice in Milan in '98, continuing to work on numerous commissions. Her sofas Step and Lowland were selected for the International Design Yearbook 1999/2000, Lowseat was chosen to represent Italian design in the Furniture Design Tour 2001. Then working for Alessi, Antares-Flos, Artelano, Boffi, Cappellini, Cassina, Kartell, and others att the same time, on her own, she designed for B&B Italia, Bosa, De Vecchi, Fasem, Kartell, Liv'it, MDF Italia, Molteni & C., Moroso and Tronconi and designed stands and showroom for Knoll, Sag, Somma. Patricia does not believe in boring modular elements, but an informal arrangement, flexible and easy to modify by mixing sofas and armchairs. In her furniture, she tends to create a setting that is invitingly intimate and comfortable, one that encourages togetherness.

She took part in many editions of Abitare il Tempo, Milan Furniture Fair i Saloni, ICFF New York as well as many international Art Design Exhibitions worldwide.  Job: Designer - Website: www.patriciaurquiola.com/