A contemporary reinterpretation of a classic.
Taking on button tufting, giving it a new spin, revolutionizing the concept, Patricia Urquiola has designed a range of products which appear to be liquid in shape as if they are melting over their frame to create soft, comforting, almost casual lines where the fabric or leather are fixed to the shell using press studs. The pieces appear to have a shawl draped over their shoulders, and the seat has various overlapping cushions: an almost obsessive attention to the design of its covering, layering leathers and other materials, colours, and fabric types. A sort of luxury patchwork which, when worn, gives the piece a nomadic, global spirit.
Patricia Urquiola was born in Oviedo, Spain, and currently lives and works in Milan. She studied at the faculty of Architecture at the Madrid Politecnico and at Politecnico di Milano, where she graduated in 1989. From 1990 to 1996 she served as assistant professor to Achille Castiglioni and Eugenio Bettinelli at the Politecnico di Milano. During this time she has also led the
product development department at DePadova, where she designed together with Vico Magistretti. In 2001 she opened her studio of product design, display, and architecture. She has worked with leading manufacturers.
Urquiola has received prizes including Designer of the Year, Elle Decor International Design Awards, Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award, and the Design Prize Cologne.