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...
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...
STUDIO PATRICIA 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.