Dive Into the World of Patricia Urquiola by Exploring These 5 Standout Designs

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By Paige Alexus
As one of today’s most sought after designers, Patricia Urquiola has produced a wide range of work that boasts experimentation and a subtle playfulness.

The Spanish architect and designer—who lives and works in Milan and was recently appointed Art Director of Cassina—first fell in love with design after working with Achille Castiglioni in the 1980s. Today, her work is born from a deep appreciation for innovative materials and processes, which she continues to build upon each year. She believes that design and life go hand in hand—and that as a woman, there’s a particular human sensibility that she brings to her work.

Dive Into the World of Patricia Urquiola by Exploring These 5 Standout Designs - Photo 1 of 1 - Illustration of Patricia Urquiola

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Though her product range is vast and ever-evolving, we’ve gathered five of her characteristic designs below.  If you have a favorite that we've missed, let us know in the comments!

B&B Italia Tufty-Time Sofa
B&B Italia Tufty-Time Sofa
Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola often looks to the 1960s and 1970s for inspiration. When she created the Tufty-Time Sofa for B&B Italia in 2005, these eras influenced her vision heavily—along with classic Chesterfield and Capitonné sofas. She created a new interpretation of these two traditional styles and added her own signature flare that represents a free, casual lifestyle. The modular seating system can be manipulated in multiple ways, allowing for island, 360-degree, linear, or peninsula-shaped seating. The upholstery, which is available in multiple fabrics and leathers, is subdivided into large squares that are connected with pleats—which are perforated in the leather version.  Photo: Rene Mesman
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Moroso Tropicalia Chairs
Moroso Tropicalia Chairs
Patricia Urquiola’s Tropicalia seating collection ranges from dining chairs to hanging cocoons—and boasts the bold personality that Urquiola has become known for. With options for both indoor and outdoor use, the seats feature specially engineered polymer strands that are woven together in a way that recalls pencil lines. The result is a structured, graphic, and playful design that comes in bright, mixed colorways or solid neutral shades. The range includes armchairs (shown here), chairs, a daybed and bench, chaise lounge, and a hanging cocoon. Besides a range of colorful options, you can also choose artificial leather, and can purchase cushions made of polyester fiber that are safe for outdoor use.  Photo: Ball & Albanese
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Kartell Jellies Family
Kartell Jellies Family
If any word could be used to describe Patricia Urquiola’s Jellies tableware collection, subdued would not be one of them. With a range of fun, playful colors, each transparent PMMA plastic dish boast a slightly different organic pattern and is inspired by old-fashioned jelly molds. Made in Italy by Kartell, each plate, tumbler, bowl, and carafe is shatterproof, dishwasher safe, and can be used outdoors. While some of the pieces are sold separately, others are available in sets. Recently, Urquiola added a set of four champagne flutes and vases that come with an opaque metallic finish. Photo: Courtesy of Kartell
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B&B Italia Bend-Sofa
B&B Italia Bend-Sofa
Designed in 2010 by Patricia Urquiola, B&B Italia’s Bend-Sofa was a result of digital research and a study of 3D models. Its irregular, curvy shape gives the impression of being molded by an artist and adds a whole other level of comfort. The silhouette's movement is formed by the contrasting seams and is made possible by a combination of both manual skills and technology. The possibilities seem endless when you take into consideration the corrugated modules that can be assembled how you please—as well as a number of options in leather, fabric, and contrasting seams. The seating, ottoman, and corner elements fit together in various ways based off of what space you’re working with—whether it’s a compact room or a more sprawling open layout. Photo: Brian W. Ferry 
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FLOS Tatou Series
FLOS Tatou Series
The Tatou series by Patricia Urquiola experiments with the traditional dome-shaped luminaire, incorporating a perforated screen that allows light to filter through. "The process began by looking for different ways to reconstruct membranes, conceived like Japanese armor: a series of metal buckles cleverly united by tapes with a powerful emotional value," explains Urquiola. The first prototypes were suspension models, but the need to adapt the light for different environments gave rise to the table and floor lamp. Fittingly, the Tatou series is named after the French word for armadillo, a mammal with a distinct armor shell. The shade, crafted from woven bands of polycarbonate, offers both durability and beauty in its organic structure. Photo: Courtesy of FLOS
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Cover photo courtesy of Patricia Urquiola