Patricia Urquiola

Patricia Urquiola was born in Oviedo (Spain) and studied architecture at the Madrid Polytechnics, later completing her studies at the Milan Polytechnics, where she graduated in 1989 with a great master of Italian design: Achille Castiglioni. Right from the start she worked with some of the most important architectural firms in the Lombard capital, such as Vico Magistretti and Piero Lissoni, and then opened her own studio in Milan in 2001, dealing with architecture, design, art, exhibitions, graphics and art direction.

Her talent and determination have allowed her over the years to work with important Italian and international companies such as Agape, Alessi, B&B Italia, Cassina, Driade, Flos, Gan, Glas Italia, Kartell, Kettal, Molteni, Moroso and many others .

Intuition, sensitivity and culture allowed her to obtain prestigious positions, most recently the artistic direction of the Cassina company.

Op. cit. “I like to thoroughly investigate a theme, be on the ball, analyse and investigate”


In 2005 Patricia Urquiola stated that the following motivation was behind the design of this design icon designed for B&B Italia: “I wanted to revisit the capitonnè and Chesterfield types with particular attention to the reinterpreted in the 60s and 70s of which I am a great admirer”.

With Tufty Time, Urquiola has succeeded in her intent to reinterpret a traditional style, giving it a new life, thanks to the use of a more informal, free and versatile style, up to pace with the times. The system consists of a basic element, which is the footstool, to which various elements can be placed: central, lateral, corner, with high or low armrest, chaise lounge and so on up to create an infinite number of possible combinations. In this seating system there is no right place or specific way to sit. Everything is absolutely free and the generous depth further accentuates the possibility of relaxing on this design icon that becomes a meeting place or a welcoming retreat where you can abandon yourself.


One of the latest projects designed by Patricia Urquiola for Molteni & C is a round table, with large and generous dimensions, characterised by a central base that seems to recall the aesthetics of a cactus (from which, moreover, Asterias, a cacti plant of Mexican origin, takes its name). The base was made of six curved wood panels, in the shape of a segment and applied as a cantilever on the central plinth, in order to obtain this sculptural aspect. The top, also divided into segments, is characterised by a rounded edge and is completed with a central revolving plate: a very popular accessory especially in Asian countries.


The Canasta collection is the only collection in apparent contrast with the formal minimalism and industrial design that characterises this company. The collection is, indeed, very decorative and completely handmade (it takes about 4 hours and 2 craftsmen just to weave the yarn of the structure).

Also for this collection, Urquiola has reinterpreted the past in a modern key: her source of inspiration was a wicker basket seen in the Far East which she then mixed with the typical octagonal hole pattern of the Vienna straw, which led a completely new design: a geometric macro pattern that characterises this outdoor seating system with strong contemporary plasticity.

The forms are enveloping, referring to a sense of protection and the new ergonomic shape has been designed to meet the needs of every moment of the day. The result of this experimentation is the creation of objects that we could define as “poetic” and at the same time current that enrich a collection composed of armchairs, sofas, chairs, tables and complements that have become mobile icons of contemporary design over time.


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