Sophisticated yet comforting, understated luxury with a vaguely Oriental feel.
Simple and minimal when in the standard position; supremely comfortable when the backrest, which has a tilting mechanism, is raised. The chrome-steel or black painted tube legs are reminiscent of the coloured wooden sticks used for playing Mikado (or pick-up-sticks, known as Shanghai in Italian). Comfort is an intrinsic feature and achieved through down-filled seat cushions upholstered in clean, neutral shades which contrast perfectly with the splashes of colour provided by the throw cushions and lacquered side tables in plum, emerald green, paprika and lacquer red.
Stress-resistant polyurethane foam in varied densities and polyester fiberfill on wood frame. Back and armrests are in injected flame-retardant polyurethane foam and polyester fiberfill over internal steel frame. Backrest has an articulated headrest mechanism that permits raising or lowering. Feet are tubular steel with chrome finish or matt powder coat finish;on polypropylene glides. Seat cushions are goose down over polyurethane foam. Back cushions and optional pillows are in goose down or, on request, in polyester fiberfill. Shanghai Tip collection covers are removable.
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.