Capture the solid’s lightness, all its softness, and transform it into a design project.
Patricia Urquiola trusts her intuition and designs a modular system in a new shape and construction. Her technical approach features an aluminium frame, rounded wooden legs, an abundance of cushions, tables and horizontal surfaces. Just a few easily assembled interchangeable parts. The result surprises and deceives the senses. The fullness of the modules is contrasted by the lightness of the platforms that seem capable of defying gravity as imaginary structures on stilts suspended over the floor. The legs that appear to have little to do with the frame are actually the pillars that can be anchored to it and grouped in multiple compositions. The covering in soft wool jersey that stretches in both width and length fits and outlines the forms with the elegant accuracy of the pleating in continuation of the approach first expressed with M.a.s.s.a.s. in 2012. Seat in flame-retardant polyurethane foam in varied densities and polyester fiber on aluminium frame with polyester/PVC composite mesh. Back/armrests in injected flame-retardant polyurethane foam and polyester fiber over internal steel frame. Feet are in powder coated die cast aluminium, optionally covered with natural varnished turned ash. Polypropylene glides. Tender 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.