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Patricia Urquiola: 100% Italian, 100% Spanish

Patricia Urquiola: 100% Italian, 100% Spanish. 

That is how she defines herself, saying that nowadays we are living in a world that is going global and Italy is one of the countries which has always been opened to different people and styles. Milan welcomed her and helped her to realize her dreams and projects.

Patricia Urquiola, architecture, Milan, design
Patricia Urquiola X Cassina

Patricia Urquiola was born in Spain in 1961.

She studied architecture between Madrid and Milan, where she graduated and after 10 years of experience, mentored by the most important names of the sector, she decided to open her own studio in Milan in 2001.

Since she was a little girl she understood the importance of studying for her own independence and today she is a wife, a mother and an intuitive entrepreneur, always trying to balance her private life and her work. All of her products and projects express this strength of mind and at the same time her soft female touch.

Patricia Urquiola, architecture, Milan, design
Patricia Urquiola, Outdoor Project

Talking about her creative process, she defines herself as a social person: she likes to work in a community with people and she is open-minded and willing to interact with different approaches. But what really characterises her work is the fact that in the face of difficulties, she becomes “experimental” and she simply embraces change in design. And this is something that people can see in her creations: a good example is the Diamond table which was awarded the Red Dot Design Best of the Best, in 2005.

Patricia Urquiola, architecture, Milan, design
Diamond Table

A lot of her works are hosted in the most important and famous museums all around Europe and the USA. This is an honour for any artist, but she doesn’t hide her attitude: Patricia prefers to think about design as something closer to real life and people’ needs.

BRABBU upholstery Malay chair


Patricia Urquiola, architecture, Milan, design
Patricia Urquiola Design

In fact, taking into consideration all of the challenges that human beings are now facing in terms of environmental issues, she recently worked with another Spanish brand to create a collection of rugs made by scrap fibers and materials and to develop new techniques to avoid waste: the final result is stunning, an aesthetic research, which expresses her unique soul.


Patricia Urquiola, architecture, Milan, design
Patricia Urquiola x GAN

See also: The Most Dazzling Contemporary Rugs for Your Living Room Decor

In this collection, it’s easy to notice her passion for waves, stripes and colour gradients. Patricia Urquiola believes that where there is a failure, there is a possibility: designers are interested in complexity because they will certainly find a way to renovate.


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