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 Rahul Kumar Jan 17, 2020
STIRring conversations at SAF’19 (Part 2): We speak to Jyotindra Jain on his curatorial framework and some of his favourite works, at the Serendipity Arts Festival...
by Zohra Khan Jan 17, 2020
The proposal for the new base campus for the Chinese tech giant Tencent features a waterfront park and over 100 buildings with undulating solar roofs and connecting bridges...
by Zohra Khan Jan 16, 2020
In its winning concept, the Scandinavian architectural firm combines the goodness of a city and a village to form a new housing typology for a low-rise neighbourhood in Copenhagen...
by Jincy Iype Jan 16, 2020
The renovation of New York's 550 Madison and the new garden redefine the landmark as a state-of-the-art office tower, displaying a sustainable model for adaptive reuse...