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STUDIO URQUIOLA
Patricia Urquiola was born in Oviedo (Spain) and now lives and works in Milan. 
She attended the faculty of architecture of Madrid Polytechnic where she graduated in 1989 having done a thesis with Achille Castiglioni. 
From 1990 to 1992 she was assistant lecturer on the courses held by Achille Castiglioni and Eugenio Bettinelli both at Milan Polytechnic and E.N.S.C.I. in Paris. 
Between 1990 and 1996 she worked for the new product development office of De Padova and with Vico Magistretti signed the products: “Flower”, “Loom sofa”, “Chaise” and “Chaise Longue”. 
From 1993 to 1996 she had an associate practice with architects de Renzio and Ramerino and was engaged in architectural design, showrooms, restaurants and franchising (Maska/Italy, Tomorrowland Stores/Japan, Des Pres/France). 
In 1996 she became head of the Lissoni Associati design group, working for Alessi, Antares-Flos, Artelano, Boffi, Cappellini, Cassina, Kartell, and others. At the same time, on her own, she designed for B&B, Bosa, De Vecchi too, Fasem, Kartell, Liv’it, Mdf, Molteni & C., Moroso and Tronconi and designed stands and showroom for Knoll, Moroso, Sag 80, and Somma. 
In 2001 she opened her own studio working on product design, architecture, and installations. 
She has won several international prices and awards such as the Medalla de Oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes (Gold Medal of fine arts) awarded by the Spanish Government; Order of Isabella the Catholic, awarded by His Majesty The King of Spain Juan Carlos I; “Designer of the decade” for two German magazines, Home and Häuser, “Designer of the Year” for Wallpaper, Ad Spain, Elle Decor International and Architektur und Wohnen Magazine.

www.patriciaurquiola.com

City: MILAN

Nation: ITALY

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  • KETTAL SHOWROOM

    Studio Urquiola redesigned Kettal΄s showroom in the centre of Barcelona with main intention to highlight its site-specificity while expressing the character of the brand, in order to create a space where the Mediterranean outdoor living is celebrated.  Typical Spanish architecture features such as...

  • 40 30 30 HEALTHY KITCHEN

    Patricia Urquiola designs the interior of the new 403030 bistrot in Milan, the first dedicated to the Zone Diet in Italy.  Urquiola interprets the brief by designing a space that is both cozy and functional: essentials and rigorous materials, sober colors, but coupled with contemporary language, in...

  • OASI BY LUISAVIAROMA

    LUISAVIAROMA inaugurates a new green space, an oasis at the concept store in Florence. The new terrace, designed by Patricia Urquiola, is the result of an increasingly strong connection with the world of design. The idea of lifestyle is interpreted in a contemporary way: relaxed luxury, an...

Design

  • SHIMMER

    "SHIMMER" mobili: low tables, consoles and shelves in laminated and glued glass, characterized by a special iridescent multichromatic finish; the nuance varies according to the angle of the light source and the vantage point. Reflected objects with a magical and ethereal appearance emerge....

  • SERENA

    Serena is a light that wants to fit in. Neither brash nor imposing, it is domestic by nature. It is lightweight and plays with the diffusers, reflecting or allowing the light to pass through. It is pure, calm, dry, light and flexible. It is inspired by the natural world, by leaves of different...

  • ROLL

    This ironical intervention on the conventional upholstery converts a regular backrest into two independent ‘wraps’ connected by colorful straps. A graphical aluminum structures frames the protagonist of this chair, the cushions. This straps are connected to the main structure by the mean of two...

  • LILO

    Lilo, the first of the new products for 2015, hints at references to Scandinavian style, to the modernist idea of the 1950s and the work of the great masters of design. The classic wood frame is revamped in a modern and soft armchair, to give an idea of pure relaxation. A bold aesthetic borrowed...

  • FAT-SOFA OUTDOOR

    The rounded, soft and sinuous shapes of the Fat-Sofa seating system are the base for the new outdoor version, characterized by a brand new interlacing design. Its fully padded seat is accompanied by a metal frame backrest that supports the original weave, creating a special play of fullness and...

  • DEWEY BOOKSHELF

    Patricia Urquiola created a new bookshelf, the Dewey Bookshelf, composed of different materials according to the function. In this case, the plastic is punctured by wooden shelves that segment the product horizontally drawing attention to the jewellery boxes made from distinctive curved and...

  • CLARISSA HOOD

    The Clarissa family of chairs have a characteristic seatback which embraces the sitter and partially conceals them with a “hood”. The armchair speaks a double language: geometric on the outside and soft and cosy on the inside. The metal tube frame perfectly matches the clean, linear geometry of the...

  • BOLD

    Bold, a sofa with a simple, balanced and functional elegance for a “timeless” quality. Attention is then drawn to the value of the upholstery, the quality of the finishes and details, the small adjustments made to make the experience of beauty daily (and normal). Patricia Urquiola has created with...

  • BERGERE

    The classic version designed by Patricia Urquiola in 2007 is now joined by a new variation with a wooden base in oak or Canaletto walnut....

  • FJORD 2016

    Steel frame covered with injected cold foam for the armchairs and the stools. The seat sheels of the armchairs and the beams are in technopolymer composite....

  • SMOCK

    Steel frame covered with injected flame-retardant polyurethane foam. Arms and base of swivel chair (0V6) in chrome- satined steel finish or mat lacquered red, black, white. Base for armchair code 001 in chrome-satined steel. Underfeet in PVC....

  • TROPICALIA

    The Antibodi steel frame is the basis for the idea of interweaving plastic strips with geometric and faceted shapes. The strips are in a thermoplastic polymer in various colours, from bright shades to monochrome. ...

  • SHANGHAI TIP SOFA

    Collection of side tables in different dimensions sizes and colours, metal or glass tops. Frame in powder-coated steel rod in 5 colors. Top and base in chromed steel....

  • RIFT CHAIR

    Patricia Urquiola’s second design was inspired by rift valleys, hence the collection’s name, RIFT. The range includes two sofas, Aden Sofa and Afar Rift, plus Rift Armchair and Rift Chair. Just like tectonic plates, which diverge, collide and overlap, creating several layers, the Rift sofas and...

  • MATHILDA

    The Mathilda series includes a stackable chair and an armchair with unfussy lines and warm materials. The wooden legs are bound to the curved plywood backrest- which is encased in rush or fabric- to emphasize the structure of the chairs, and the geometric effect of its overlapping components....

  • GENTRY SOFA

    The new sofa designed by Patricia Urquiola fosters a return to industrial design's capacity for technical and aesthetic designing of products destined for the retail market. The collection's strength is its almost basic simplicity which imbues it with character and modernity yet, at the same time,...

  • CLARISSA

    The Clarissa family of chairs have a characteristic seatback which embraces the sitter and partially conceals them with a “hood”. The armchair speaks a double language: geometric on the outside and soft and cosy on the inside. The metal tube frame perfectly matches the clean, linear geometry of the...

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