patricia urquiola

“My professional career began in Italy, influenced by towering figures such as Bruno Munari, the intellectual founding father of the Milan school. However, I consider myself very much a Spaniard, or rather an Asturian of Basque descent”. This is how Patricia defines herself. Born in Oviedo in 1961, she trained at the Polytechnic Universities of Madrid and Milan. In Milan she worked with Vico Magistretti and Achille Castiglioni before opening her own studio there in 2001. She alternates product design projects for major international companies – from Alessi to B&B Italia, Moroso, De Padova, Rosenthal and Axor, to mention but a few – with architecture projects for private homes, hotels and showrooms. Patricia’s work has earned her numerous international awards: the Wallpaper Design Awards in 2006, Elle Decoration International Design Award, Designer of the Year for the first time in 2003 and several times also in the following years, as in 2009 with Mutina Déchirer collection. Her creations, among which Déchirer, have been also selected for ADI Design Index and The International Design Yearbook. In 2011 receives the prestigious award of the Spanish Government Medalla de Oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes 2010.