by NOWNESSOct 04, 2019
“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 Jincy Iype Mar 28, 2020
The Galleria in Gwanggyo, designed by OMA, stands apart from other retail shops with its multi-faced glass walkway wrapping around its earth-coloured, pixelated, cubic form...
by STIRworld Mar 26, 2020
Part 2 of our Moments of Affection: Milanese Alliances (M.A.M.A.) series brings design leaders reflecting on the annual Milan Design Week to keep spirits up in times of COVID-19...
by Shraddha Nair Mar 26, 2020
Paper artist Peter Gentenaar speaks with STIR about shifting his practice from printmaking to paper making, and his collaboration with designer Iris Van Herpen...
by Shraddha Nair Mar 23, 2020
Speaking with STIR, Chevalier takes us through his artistic journey which grew alongside the development of technology through the turn of the century...