Light and welcoming in shape and character, Mafalda brings together three conceptually distinct components to form a single body: seat, shell and wood base. The result is a distinctive, almost humourous, character. The name is deliberately borrowed from a cartoon character loved for her outgoing personality and no-nonsense language. The parallels between the two Mafaldas are obvious. In her spontaneity Mafalda expresses, with a very light touch, the idea of a project which takes into account the life-cycle of a project. Mafalda…” is only six years old but she cares about the world”….
Patricia Urquiola was born in Oviedo, Spain, and currently lives and works in Milan. She studied at the faculty of Architecture at the Madrid Politecnico and at Politecnico di Milano, where she graduated in 1989. From 1990 to 1996 she served as assistant professor to Achille Castiglioni and Eugenio Bettinelli at the Politecnico di Milano. During this time she has also led the
product development department at DePadova, where she designed together with Vico Magistretti. In 2001 she opened her studio of product design, display, and architecture. She has worked with leading manufacturers.
Urquiola has received prizes including Designer of the Year, Elle Decor International Design Awards, Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award, and the Design Prize Cologne.