One could say she’s just one of those designers, those touched by some celestial power that provides the ability to create, always new, always fresh and always surprising. But Patricia’s take on her own work is much more grounded and level headed. She says she studied for too many years when she should have just followed her passions but is today in a place where she is fulfilled by her work and clearly knows her place in the design world. So less celestial intervention perhaps but rather drive, focus, determination, talent and of course the knowledge of having found her calling.
If you’re looking for a comprehensive listing of italian design houses you can Google away or, much easier, look up Patricia Urquiola’s CV. Born in 1961, the Spanish designer moved to Italy in her twenties to continue her architecture studies that she had started in Madrid. She graduated from Milan polytechnic in 1989, having been mentored by Achille Castiglioni. The years that followed were filled with work for Depadova, Agape, B&B, Alessi, Driade, Foscarini, Kartell, Flos, Molteni, Artelano and of course Moroso. Since 2001 she has her own studio in Milan and focuses on product design and architecture.
“Antibodi” for Moroso (2006). Frankly I can’t imagine what would happen to the flower (or are they starfruit inspired?) shapes, if one sat on them, but a show stopping stunner nonetheless.
Both pieces above from the Canasta collection for B&B reflect her talent, fearlessness and sense of humour with the use of the ueber-proportioned woven pattern.
The Tropicalia cocoon swing for Moroso
And finally, well not really finally but I’m running out of room here, from the Crinoline Collection for B&B Italia. This chair inspired me to write this blog because it defines Patricia’s style so very well. Unafraid of pairing her trademark floral form with sinuous curves and natural fibers. Bravissima!