Blunt blocks rounded and smoothed by some imaginary blade. Geometric order is broken, swept away by a movement, a line which follows the contour. The different faces reveal veins formed by stitching, at times as visible as tacking, at others disappearing. The outer shape seems to be independent from the inner frame and padding. Sofa, armchair, chair: a modular system in which each component has its own independent character, both in its use and sculptural feel.
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.