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Patricia Urquiola (b. 1961), Spain.

Patricia Urquiola Biography:

Patricia Urquiola (born 1961) is a multidisciplinary Spanish 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 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. Patricia Urquiola does not commit to a specific style. Instead, she aims to evoke people's emotions and trigger associations by combining styles, shapes and references, re-interpreting them and giving them a new lease of life. It is no wonder that what matters to her is people's desire to spontaneously touch her designs. Her clients are the big names in the furnishing sector; also the innovative tile manufacturer Mutina, for whom she recently turned a grandmotherly damask cover into decorative ceramics.

Patricia Urquiola Design:

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.

Patricia Urquiola Furniture and Lighting:

The Spanish-born designer has been named 'best designer' by the international media on multiple occasions. A shining star at furniture trade fairs, she is equally successful with lighting and materials. A former student of design legend Achille Castiglioni, she is now one of the leading voices of modern design. Her refreshingly unconventional work combines feminine style and floral references with a minimalistic approach: "I love creating fusion!". For Axor, Patricia Urquiola has launched an association-filled bathroom with an appropriately self-confident slogan: "Awakening your senses". She created the Foliage Chair for Kartell. The Kartell Foliage Chair has dialogue between natural and artificial reality, Foliage is a seating family created purposely for residential use with the characteristic graphic hallmark of Patricia Urquiola. Patricia Urquiola has also expanded her Mangas patchwork collection for Gandia Blasco to include modular seating that are modular seating pieces and rugs that can be mixed up in a multitude of arrangements.

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