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Patricia Urquiola

Spanish, b. 1961

Spanish-born, Milan-based architect Patricia Urquiola doesn’t lack for commissions these days, and, unlike the work of many other high-concept architects, her projects tend to get constructed, envelope-pushing though they sometimes are. And when she’s not imagining covetable creations for contemporary furniture houses — including B&B Italia, Driade and Cassina, where she was named art director in 2015 — Urquiola makes headlines by designing some of the world’s most aesthetically ambitious hotels, such as 2016’s Il Sereno on Lake Como in Lombardy, Italy.

Born in Oviedo, in northern Spain, Urquiola grew up in a family that valued creativity. Everyone in the house, she says, talked and cared about design. She fondly remembers her mother going to London in the 1960s and ’70s and coming back home with a Mary Quant this, a David Hicks that. When it came time to go to university, Urquiola decided that her place was architecture school, first at the Polytechnic University of Madrid and then at the Polytechnic University of Milan, where she completed her design thesis — a felt carpet with a panel that connected to a home’s electricity source and telephone line so that you could plug, say, a table lamp and your phone into it — under the direction of legendary Italian industrial designer Achille Castiglioni.

Today, Urquiola has become a go-to when it comes to avant-garde product, hospitality and retail design, working with such blue-chip international furniture, fashion and hotel companies as Alessi, Baccarat, Salvatore Ferragamo, Kvadrat, Mandarin Oriental, Panerai, Rosenthal, W Hotels and Louis Vuitton, among many others. Her residential projects, meanwhile, though few and far between, stretch from such far-flung locations as Punta del Este, Uruguay, and Melbourne, Australia, to closer-to-home Udine, in northeastern Italy, where she designed the two-story, largely open-plan glass-and-cedar home of Patrizia Moroso, creative director of the family-owned design company that bears her last name.

Over the course of a long-term and highly productive collaboration spanning some 20 years, Urquiola has created dozens and dozens of Moroso-branded products. A chair from her 2001 Fjord line of seating, tables and poufs for the company sits in the collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and Moroso debuted (love me) Tender, her modular sofa system upholstered in jersey, during Milan’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile in April of 2014.

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$2,255
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Set of 2 Kartell Comback Chairs in White with White Legs by Patricia Urquiola
By Kartell, Patricia Urquiola
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The revisitation of this great classic inspired by the Windsor style entails experimentation and the combination of different materials such as plastic and wood, which are interprete...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Patricia Urquiola

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Plastic, Wood

FLOS Tatou T1 Dimmable Halogen Table Lamp in Bronze by Patricia Urquiola
By Patricia Urquiola, Flos
Located in New York, NY
Its name is French for “armadillo,” the unassuming animal whose brilliant structure keeps it protected—and makes it unique. Designer Patricia Urquiola conceptualized this table lamp ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Patricia Urquiola

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Steel

FLOS Tatou T1 Dimmable Halogen Table Lamp in White by Patricia Urquiola
By Patricia Urquiola, Flos
Located in New York, NY
Its name is French for “armadillo,” the unassuming animal whose brilliant structure keeps it protected—and makes it unique. Designer Patricia Urquiola conceptualized this table lamp ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Patricia Urquiola

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Steel

Set of Two ''Back-Wing Armchair', Patricia Urquiola by Cassina
By Patricia Urquiola, Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Armchairs designed by Patricia Urquiola in 2019. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. This comfy armchair has the same distinctive aesthetics as the Back-Wing chair designed in 2018. T...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Patricia Urquiola

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Fabric, Foam, Wood

Set of 4 Kartell Jellies Espresso Cup in Green by Patricia Urquiola
By Kartell, Patricia Urquiola
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Jellies Family, which heralded a new way of perceiving tableware by using transparent products moulded with various relief patterns, has been expanded to include new elements suc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Patricia Urquiola

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Plastic

FLOS Tatou S2 Pendant Light in White by Patricia Urquiola
By Patricia Urquiola, Flos
Located in New York, NY
Its name is French for “armadillo,” the unassuming animal whose brilliant structure keeps it protected—and makes it unique. Designer Patricia Urquiola conceptualized this table lamp ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Patricia Urquiola

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Steel

Set of Four White Moroso Chairs, Model Fjord, by Patricia Urquiola 2002
By Moroso, Patricia Urquiola
Located in Schagen, NL
The Fjord Hirek chair is designed by the famous Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola. This chair reminds us of the shape of Scandinavian Fjords. The shell which was inspired from a ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Patricia Urquiola

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Steel

Georg Jensen Four Light Candle Holder Pair
By Patricia Urquiola, Georg Jensen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A pair of Georg Jensen four-light candle holders in stainless steel with a warm and reflective copper-colored and scratch-resistant PVD coating. The sleek and minimal Urkiola Collect...
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2010s Chinese Modern Patricia Urquiola

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Stainless Steel

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Patricia Urquiola furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Patricia Urquiola furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are often made of fabric and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Patricia Urquiola collection of furniture, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular.. There are 3 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there are 225 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of Patricia Urquiola's original furniture was created in modern style in Europe during the 21st century and contemporary. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Kenneth Cobonpue, Tacchini and Nika Zupanc. Prices for Patricia Urquiola furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $90 and tops out at $45,774, while pieces like these can sell for $2,718 on average..

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