patricia urquiola

Patricia Urquiola was born in 1961 in Oviedo, Spain. She attended the Department of Architecture at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and then moved to Italy to attend the Politecnico di Milano. In the early 1990s, she became the assistant of Eugenio Bettinelli and Achille Castiglioni. As a teacher, she began a series of lessons at both the Politecnico and the ENSCI in Paris. She then undertook a series of collaborations:  she opened an architecture and design firm, worked with Vico Magistretti, managed the firm of Lissoni Associati, worked with prestigious design brands. Patricia Urquiola’s works are a perfect combination of minimalism and femininity, especially admired for her harmonious use of form and light. She gained international recognition in 2001 and opened her first studio of design and architecture. That same year some of her works were selected for the Italian Design and the International Design Yearbook exhibitions.  In recent years, she has received numerous awards including Designer of the Year and Design Prize Cologne. In 2011, she enthusiastically accepted the invitation to the Glasstress exhibition, a collateral event of the 54th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale, from Adriano Berengo, the event’s originator and organizer, for which she created a highly original collection of blown glass, a material with which she had not yet experimented and which was greatly appreciated by the public and the press.

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