The other face of modernity
The pleasure of sophisticated, smart formality in an architectural style inspired by 1950s Californian modernism. A range which includes three sofas, two armchairs and a chair with prismatic forms and shapes in a never-ending interplay of solids and voids. The materials used directly reference natural elements and their changeability in stark contrast with modern life. Visually harmonious, the collection indirectly revives the utopian vision of the period. Silver Lake is the name of a particular neighbourhood in downtown Los Angeles, which is renowned for homes designed by some of the great names in modernist architecture.
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.