Patricia Urquiola - a Spanish Designer

Learn about the work of Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola
Patricia Urquiola - a Spanish Designer

Last update: 28 January, 2021

Patricia Urquiola has changed the way that we understand space. Her work is popular and she keeps on creating.

Patricia Urquiola is the ambassador of the Spanish design brand. She has completed many projects, including the Missoni stores in Hong-Kong and New Delhi and the Jewelry Museum of Vicenza.

She has many design awards and holds conferences in universities around the world. Born in Oviedo, Patricia was educated in Madrid but has settled in Milan because it’s the city where design production began,

Patricia Urquiola is an architect and industrial designer. She’s close to her family and has studios where she lives.

A life dedicated to design

Multi colored modern picture

Design of Patricia Urquiola/

Patricia Urquiola was born in Oviedo in 1961. She later moved to Madrid to study architecture at la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

She completed her education at el Politénico de Milán in 1989 and got to know several Italian designers.

Achille Castiglioni directed her when she was working on her thesis. Then, she became his assistant chair.  After receiving her degree, she did this between 1990 and 1992 in conjunction with Eugenio Pettinelli,

Then she began to develop her talent as an industrial designer. She collaborated with Maddalena De Padova between 1990 and 1992. And between 1996 and 2000 she directed Lissoni Associates where she worked with Piero Lissoni and Vico Magistretti.

Here she managed various projects for Alessi, Artelano, and Boffi. She has collaborated with Patrizia Moroso since 1998.

Patricia opened her agency, el Studio Urquiola in 2001.

“I don’t like to have a recognizable style that overshadows the product itself. Each designer gives light to different projects each time, having their own identity and values.”

Patricia Urquiola

 Studio Urquiola

Living room with furniture designed by Patricia Urquiola

Hotel II Sereno/

Among her projects, the Hotel II Sereno at Lake Como is one of her outstanding creations. Patricia combined the design of the interiors and her architectural projects to produce a glamorous backdrop for this hotel.

This project has Patricia’s stamp and shows in the architecture and in the furniture, carpets, lamps, and even the bathroom accessories.

The natural landscape inspires the design. In the center of the lobby, a beautiful sculptured staircase made of walnut wood greets us.

The wooden stairs appear to float without support in the hotel hall. A perfect enhancement for these is the stone floor and the marble walls, alongside the lovely custom made modern furniture.

Another creation is the Hotel Mandarin Oriental in Barcel0na, on the renowned Paseo de Gracia of the city. This luxury hotel shares urban space with examples of Gaudi’s creations, such as Casa Battlo.

The hotel chain wanted to maintain a cosmopolitan look. That’s why they contracted Urquiola as there’s a personal touch based on her Mediterranean roots. The large suites have a common element of ceramic tiles and their design is based on a reinterpretation of Catalan modernism. 

This demonstrates the detail of Urquiola’s designs. Even down to the door handles she designed in collaboration with Italian business, Olivari.

Patricia Urquiola Furnishings

Patricia Urquiola has designed the Four Seasons of Milan, famous stores, and private projects. Her furniture designs, lamps, and furnishings are an important part of her design work because they represent her ideas and aspirations.

She has designed sofas, lamps, chairs, and pieces for famous companies. These include Kartell, Moroso, B & B, Alessi, and other large Italian companies. In essence, her style is state of the art and memorable because it is unique.

Urquiola manages different aspects of the design process, from large spaces to small objects. This requires Patricia to see how things function from different perspectives. In 2010, she received the Gold Medal Award in Fine Arts for the Spanish Government.

Patricia Urquiola takes the Spanish design brand to an international level. Not only is she the standard-bearer of the Spanish design brand, but also one of the great designers of all time.

This designer holds an esteemed place in the design world and is admired by people all over the world.


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