What makes a designer unique is a certain style, a ‘voice’ that is instantly recognisable.
Yet what’s interesting about designer Patricia Urquiola is that, while much of her work is recognisable, she doesn’t seem to have a specific style.
This ‘no style’ approach to her craft is deliberate and part of what makes Urquiola so exciting as a contemporary designer.
About Patricia Urquiola
Born in Spain, Urquiola started her study of architecture in Madrid before moving to Milan in 1989 where she met and worked with the renowned industrial designer and teacher, Achille Castiglioni, at Milan Politecnico. Castiglioni’s technical approach to design had a massive influence on Urquiola, who also worked with well-known Italian designer Vico Magistretti at the De Padua design studio and went on to collaborate with many other big names like Alessi, B&B Italia, Kartell, Piero Lissoni, Louis Vuitton, Cappellini, Cassina and more.
She opened Studio Urquiola in Milan in 2001, the same year that she and design partner Patrizia Moroso released the Step Sofa, a piece that thrust her into the spotlight.
What makes her designs special?
Urquiola has applied her design principles to just about every element of the home, from textiles to lighting to furniture to the buildings themselves! With a focus on the ‘craft’ of her work, she pushes the boundaries with her unconventional approach, creating colourful and contemporary design that is pragmatic, yet can be playful.
As an innovator who strives to push the boundaries, Patricia Urquiola is a true artist with a name that will long be associated with design as an expression of the human condition.
Her designs are experimental and focus on not adhering to a specific style; each process ‘begins with a white page.’
What could be more exciting than that?
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