“When I went to Madrid to study architecture, you had to experiment - it was not enough to just be an architect,” says Patricia Urquiola, the Spanish designer recognised for a meteoric rise that saw her break into a male-dominated industry as both an architect and a product designer. “When I arrived in Milan I had that attitude. On the surface I was a nice girl doing her homework but actually, I was not so gentle.”
Known for her bright, poetic furniture forms, Urquiola is captured in her Milanese apartment surrounded by her collaborative works with Flos, Alessi and B&B Italia. Her approach pays scant attention to the boundaries of traditional practices. “I feel more Milanese than Italian, but still absolutely connected to my Spanish roots,” says the non-conforming creative, whose mentors include her long-term teacher at the Politecnico di Milano, industrial designer Achille Castiglioni, and Vico Magistretti, the godfather of modern Italian design. “Being a designer or being an architect, it’s a continuum.”
Next up, In Residence: Piero Lissoni
To see more episodes from the series In Residence, click here.
For more details, visit Nowness
by Dhruvajyoti Ghose Oct 19, 2019
Dhruvajyoti Ghose, Director of Lighting Design Partnership, provides insight on the perception of darkness, its cultural transformations in a historical context in Garbh t..
by Zohra Khan Oct 18, 2019
A first of its kind project, Lighting the Mahabodhi, aims to make one of the largest and most lasting light offerings to the historic Mahabodhi Mahavira Temple in Bod..
by Sanjeev Panjabi Oct 17, 2019
The architect recounts his stay at Louis I. Kahn’s IIM-Ahmedabad, and later at Salk Institute - buildings that left him yearning for the exploration between light, space..
by Georgina Maddox Oct 16, 2019
The exhibition It is not the end of the world by SUPERFLEX, at Cisternerne in Copenhagen, illustrates that future climate change may be the end of humanity, but not t..