Patricia Urquiola is a Spanish designer-architect who currently works in Milan. She attended the faculty of architecture at Madrid Polytechnic were she graduated in 1989 having done a thesis with THE Achille Castiglioni.
Early on her career, between being an assistant lecturer to Castiglioni, working for the product development office of De Padova with none other than Vico Magistretti, and engaging in architectural design, she later made a name of her own with her shrewd commercial thinking and creativity. Urquiola is even called by the press as “Hurricane Patricia” because of the way she has stormed through the design scene for years now.
In 2001 she opened her own studio, working on product design, architecture, installations and concept creation. Patricia Urquiola is best known for her many pieces for Moroso.
Her products were selected for the Italian Design 2001 exhibition and for the International Design Yearbook 1999 and 2001. She also won numerous awards such as the Red Dot, IMM Cologne, and is dubbed as the “Designer of the Decade” by European interior design magazines.
Urquiola‘s clients include, among others, Agape, Alessi, Artelano, Axor, B&B Italia, Bisazza, BMW, Bosa, De Padova, Driade, Salvatore Ferragamo, Flos, Foscarini, Kartell, Kvadrat, MDF Italia, Molteni, Moroso and Panasonic.
Soft, perfectly proportioned, and recognizably feminine… that is Urquiola’s signature.
Patricia also likes to add a bit of extravagance and bohemia in her designs, as seen in the patterns, ornaments, craftsmanship and textures in her works.
“It is something emotional, other times something very simple and quite trivial that gives me the idea. For me, design is a surprising process. You have an idea and mix it up with other ingredients, but you never know what’s going to come out in the end.” –Patricia Urquiola