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Nine to Know | Patricia Urquiola’s Defining Pieces

  • HERO IMAGE Courtesy of Panerai
  • PRODUCT EDITOR Brigitte Craig
  • WORDS Holly Beadle
  • We pay homage to Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola’s most influential pieces.

    The Detail pages inside our 47th issue put a lens on five famed designers and the products they’re known for. Patricia Urquiola was part of this lineup, who earned her stripes working under the mentorship of esteemed Italian designer Achille Castiglioni (Flos, Zanotta and Alessi). In 2001, Patricia launched Studio Patricia Urquiola in Milan, and today works across architecture, product design, art direction and strategy consulting. Throughout her career, she has designed for some of the world’s most well-known brands, including Flos, Kartell, B&B Italia and Cassina.

    This feature originally appeared in The Detail pages of est magazine issue 47: Creative State of Mind (pp. 202-213).

    B&B Italia Tufty-Time Sofa

    Patricia designed this sculptural sofa for Italian furniture brand B&B Italia; ‘tufty’ being the adjective of ‘tuft’, which refers to a bunch or collection of threads. She also designed two other sofas and a bed in the same style.

    Moroso Smock Armchair

    Patricia drew inspiration from smocked (durable and flexible stitching) bags while creating the Smock armchair for Italian furniture brand Moroso. The chair holds its own through its distinctive materiality and form, which is why we named it a Future Classic.

    Cassina Dudet Armchair

    Patricia’s extensive work with Italian furniture brand Cassina earned her the prestigious title of art director in 2016. One of her most influential designs, the Dudet armchair, is both sustainability-focused and a masterpiece of comfort.

    Flos Serena

    Envisaged for Italian lighting brand Flos, the Serena table lamp is designed to produce indirect, reflected light – an effect made possible by its materiality of folded aluminium.

    Budri Origami 06 Coffee Table

    Patricia designed this coffee table for Italian marble atelier Budri as a delicate yet playful piece with polychrome marble and onyx slices. The coffee table earns its name from its origami-like structure.

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