Of Spanish origin, Patricia Urquiola lives and works in Milan. She studied Architecture at the Polytechnic Universities of Madrid and Milan, where she graduated in 1989, under Achille Castiglioni. She then worked with two other Italian design icons, Vico Magistretti and Piero Lissoni. In 2001, she opened her own studio, working in the sectors of product design, interiors and architecture.
Her curriculum vitae contains an endless list of milestones: from collaborations with great names to collaborations with important brands, and highly desirable objects and projects that have been recognized with prestigious awards.
Each job encompasses and expresses her approach to the discipline: a mix of surprise and formalism, with a feminine edge and professional rigorousness, versatility and functionality.
All this accompanied by a dash of underlying irony, which is evident in the Radical Fake table and the Lud'o Lounge armchair that Urquiola made for the Cappellini catalogue.
Among her most noteworthy recent architectural projects are the Museo del Gioello in Vicenza, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Barcellona, the Hotel Das Stue in Berlin, the Spa of the Four Seasons Hotel in Milan, the Hotel Room Mate Giulia in Milan, and the Hotel Il Sereno in Como.
Her collaborations with the most important Italian and international design brands are innumerable. Among the most important, Agape, Alessi, B&B Italia, Baccarat, Boffi, Budri, De Padova, Driade, Flos, Gan, Kartell, Kettal, Kvadrat, Louis Vuitton, Molteni, Moroso, Mutina, Rosenthal and Verywood.
Urquiola's products have won awards and acclaim, and many are exhibited in the most important museums of art and design, including the MoMa in New York, the Musée des Arts decoratifs in Paris, The Museum of Design in Zurich, the Vitra Design Museum in Basel, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Stedelijk in Amsterdam, and the Museo della Triennale in Milan.