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September 7, 2012

Spanish-born and Milan-based designer Patricia Urquiola has been featured in Dwell a handful of times throughout the years (most recently she appeared in our Women in Design Timeline). One of the most prominent contemporary female designers, Urquiola has an impressive oeuvre ranging from furniture to lighitng to textiles and more. Here, we share 10 favorites from her portfolio.

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Mangas Rug

It was love at first sight for us with Mangas, a collection of rugs by Patricia Urquiola for Gan that redefine the chunky knit. Translated into Spanish, the name means "sleeve," and the oversized strips of 100% virgin wool—knotted and woven into a series of patterns in a variety of colors—does mimic the look (and feel) of the most comfortable of sweaters. 


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Tropicalia Cocoon

When these conceptual cocoons appeared at the Milan Furniture Fair, they seemed like Toltec-scaled artifacts hauled back from an exploratory voyage deep into the uncharted head-waters of Urquiola’s creative flow—elegantly minimal geodesic forms wrapped in an explosion of color, pattern, and texture. Year's later, the remote tropical jungle outpost of Urquiola’s ingenuity remains unscathed.

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Naledi Tables

The telephone table may have gone the way of the carrier pigeon, but the Naledi side table, patterned with a multihued selection of Botswanan telephone wires, offers a charmingly literal new take on the fading genre.

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Comback Chair

Don’t call it a Comb Back. The classic Windsor chair gets a multinational makeover via Patricia Urquiola. Gone are the spindled legs and gently curving wood, replaced with geometric accents in a thermoplastic technopolymer.

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Re-Trouvé Table

Reminiscent of fish scales or a delicate lace skirt, this Patricia Urquiola–designed table is deceptively solid and, thankfully, able to support the weight of a breakfast spread or full dinner.

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Usame Table

Part coffee table, part storage bin, this repository will add style to any room. The vegetal patterns add Art Deco nostalgia to the modern translucent construction, making the table suitable for almost any decor.

The Foliage Sofa by Patricia Urquiola for Kartell

Foliage Sofa

Spanish-born designer Patricia Urquiola designed the Foliage sofa for Italian furniture brand Kartell.

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Klara Low Tables

Klara Low Tables are wooden tables with a simple, linear style, harmonious in its curved yet essential shape.



With its gentle curves, Ola (or “wave”) earns its name ably. The chair is made from rigid polyurethane upholstered with foam and a fixed cover of either stretched Lycra or leather.

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Maia Relax Footstool

Designed by Patricia Urquiola, and released by Kettal, the Maia line of outdoor furniture—which features intricate, handwoven, Alhambra-tiled plaiting—feels even more relaxed with this newly added footstool.

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