Smocking stich design which feeds into the symbolic feminine universe.
Take a classic looking embroidery stitch and decontextualize it. Blend craftsmanship and industrial processing and broaden the imagination to create a stylish, sophisticated piece which feeds into the symbolic feminine universe. Expand it. Two rings become armrests similar to the simple style of a bamboo bag; the shell, which has something of the feel of a baseball mitt, is an open tanktop ready to be slipped into, a comfy welcoming nest. The side embroidery –in smocking stitch – render the draping contemporary, and give a lightness to the form, giving the chair the grace and sophistication of a classic fashion accessory.
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.