"I'm not interested in the old meanings of what a bed, a sofa, or a bath is; I am only concerned with new and more sophisticated ways of living."
Patricia Urquiola, the designer behind “some of the most poetic and practical furniture of the 21st century, ” was born in Oviedo, Spain in 1961. Today, she lives and works in Milan.
Patricia studied architecture at both Madrid Polytechnic and Milan Polytechnic, graduating in 1989 alongside fellow designer, Achille Castiglioni.
Before opening her own studio in Milan in 2001, Patricia collaborated with Castiglioni, Vico Magistretti, and Piero Lissoni, working on product design, architecture, interiors, installations, and concept creation. She has worked with a number of high-profile design brands, including Alessi, Axor, B&B Italia, Flos, Four Seasons, Kartell, Mandarin Oriental Hotels, Molteni, Moroso, Mutina, Rosenthal, and W Hotels.
“Patricia Urquiola is easily one of the biggest names in furniture design today, known both for her uncanny design sensibility and her disarmingly effusive personality, ” explains Core77’s Ray Hu. “[Her] signature aesthetic is that she does not impose one on her work; instead, her consistent output… is characterized by a strong sense of pattern, form, and material.
She has received several prestigious honors for her work, including the Gold Medal of Fine Arts from the Spanish Government, the Order of Isabella the Catholic from The King of Spain Juan Carlos I, Designer of the Decade for the German magazines Home and Häuser, and Designer of the Year for Wallpaper, Ad Spain, Elle Decor International, and Architektur und Wohnen Magazine.