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patricia urquiola.

"ephemeral design quality."


PATRICIA URQUIOLA IS UNDISPUTEDLY THE WONDER WOMEN OF THE YEAR. WITH THE VARIETY AND QUALITY OF HER DESIGNWORK, SHE IS RAPIDLY BECOMING AN ICONIC FEMALE DESIGNER OF ALL TIMES.

PATRICIA 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 FAMOUS DESIGNERS SUCH AS, 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, SUCH AS KETTAL, MOROSO, GLAS ITALIA, AND MANY MORE.

URQUIOLA HAS RECEIVED PRIZES INCLUDING DESIGNER OF THE YEAR, ELLE DECOR INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARDS, CHICAGO ATHENAEUM GOOD DESIGN AWARD, AND THE DESIGN PRIZE COLOGNE.

she HAS MASTERED THE ART OF FUSING COMPLEX FORMS, WITH COMPLEX COLORS, TO CREATE an EFFORTLESS OUTCOME. urquiola enjoys EXPERIMENTing WITH NEW MATERIALS AND NEW TECHNIQUES, AND FORMING DESIGNS THAT SEEM ENCHANTING, YET UNDEFINED ABOUT the story behind ITS MANUFACTURING PROCESS.

HER COLLABORATIONS WITH GLAS ITALIA ARE GOOD EXAMPLES OF THE INNOVATIVE QUALITY IN HER WORK. DESIGNED FOR SALONE DE MOBIL 2015 IN MILAN, THE SHIMMER SERIES CONSIST OF GLASS PRODUCTS THAT ARE COATED IN A FINISH THAT REFLECTS DIFFERENT COLORS DEPENDING ON THE VANTAGE POINT.

"I DON'T LIKE GLASS, YOU REALLY WANT ME? YOU MUST LEAVE ME A SPACE TO WORK ON IT AND MAKE IT MINE", EXPLAINED URQUIOLA ABOUT HER PROCESS COLLABORATING WITH GLAS ITALIA. "WHEN YOU HAVE TO DEAL WITH SOMETHING THAT YOU REALLY DON'T LIKE, SOMETIMES THINGS COME THAT ARE REALLY PERSONAL."