Patricia Urquiola

Patricia Urquiola is a Spanish multidisciplinary architect and designer. Although she was born in Spain, she now lives and works in Milan where she runs Studio Urquiola.

Patricia Urquiola was born in Oviedo and studied at the Faculty of Architecture in Madrid and graduated from the Politecnico di Milano in 1989, with a thesis supervised by Achille Castiglioni.

Patricia Urquiola

Patricia Urquiola

After graduating, she started working for Maddalena De Padova's product development studio, where she was finally commissioned and where she met Vico Magistretti, with whom he would later work. Magistretti and Castiglioni, two key figures of Milanese design, influenced her vision and led her to cultivate her talents and skills.

Patricia Urquiola does not engage in a specific style, but aims to evoke people's emotions by combining styles, shapes and references, reinterpreting them and giving them a new lease on life. Not surprisingly, what matters to her is people's desire to spontaneously touch her projects.
In 1998 he began working with Moroso, creating upholstered furniture with interchangeable components for a truly changeable living room. Her Step and Lowland sofas were selected for the 1999/2000 International Yearbook of Design, after which she worked for Antares-Flos, Boffi, Cassina, Alessi, Cappellini and others at the same time, and alone, she designed for De Vecchi , Kartell, MDF Italia, Fasem, Molteni & C., Tronconi and Moroso.

Patricia Urquiola does not believe in boring modular elements, but in an informal agreement, flexible and easy to modify by mixing sofas and armchairs. In his furniture, he tends to create an inviting, intimate and comfortable environment that encourages people to be together.

She has been named best designer by the international media on multiple occasions. It is equally successful in lighting and materials, which is why it is one of the leading representatives of modern design today. Her fresh and unconventional work combines feminine style and floral references with a minimalist approach.

He has also recently expanded his collection, including modular seating and rugs that can be mixed in a multitude of layouts.

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