Patricia Urquiola is a famous architect and product designer. On the field of the design, she works with important Italian and international design companies, including Agape, Alessi, Axor-Hansgrohe, B&B Italia, Baccarat, Boffi, Budri, De Padova, Driade, Coedition, Ferragamo, Flos, Gan, Georg Jensen, Glas Italia, Haworth, Kartell, Kettal, Kvadrat, Listone, Giordano, Louis Vuitton, Molteni, Moroso, Mutina, Rosenthal and Verwood…
She design products from different categories: furniture, lighting, outdoor furniture, rugs, accessories… Some of the products she designed are Comeback Dining Chair (for Kartell 2010), Tropicalia Armchair(for Moroso 2008), Husk Chair and Crinoline armchair (B&B Italia 2011,2008), Re-Trouvé collection (Emu 2008), Pavo Real Armchair (for Driade 2011) or Caboche Table Lamp (for Foscarini 2015).
Patricia Urquiola’s work is exhibited in many art and design museums across the world, including the MoMA in New York, the Decorative Arts Museum in Paris, the Design Museum in Monaco, the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Design Museum in Zurich, the Stedelijk Museum of modern and contemporary art in Amsterdam and the Philadelphia Art Museum.
Numerousare her architectural projects like Il Sereno Hotel in Como, the Room Mate Giulia Hotel in Milan, Marienturm and Marienforum towers in Frankfurt, the spa of the Four Seasons Hotel Milan, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Barcelona and the the general concept of PittiImmagine in Florence.
Patricia Urquiola and her partner, Alberto Zontone founded STUDIO URQUIOLA in 2001.
Till now Patrizia Urquiola has won several international prizes and awards including the Medalla de Oro al Méritoen las Bellas Artes (Gold Medal in Fine Arts) awarded by the Spanish Government; Order of Isabella the Catholic, awarded by His Majesty The King of Spain Juan Carlos I; “Designer of the decade” for two German magazines, Home and Häuser, “Designer of the Year” for Wallpaper, Ad Spain, Elle Decor International and Architektur und Wohnen Magazine.
Patrizia Urquiola’s design credo is to consider spaces or objects in relation to people. Thanks to her curiosity and sense to experiment her design is always original and recognizable.
The technology support creativity
Patrizia Urquiola recently took part in the multidisciplinary project which involves designer, marble producer Budri and Italian producer of luxury leather goods Valextra. The participants worked together mixing creativity, craftsmanship and technology.The result is MarVles bags collection.
One of the specifics of the collection is the applied material, unusual for a fashion product. Patricia Urquiola used marble for bag’s multi coloured details like handle or clasp. She selected a variety of marble: Alpi and Cipollino greens, Marquina black, white, Azul, Alicante red and Lapis pink. Her marble combinations are aesthetically sensitive full of contrasts in structure and marble hues. Connecting different shapes and different types of marbles, she created attractive, functional details. Her stone handles or clasps are harmonious, three-dimensional sculptures, the detail which is the accent of this collection.
The realization of such an idea was enabled by the perfection of the production and advanced technologies of Valextra and Budri. Thanks to the knowledge of the material and the technical innovations Budriis able to produce the marble in miniature scale. The producer succeeded in making marble incredibly thin, light and strong, becoming handles and fastenings for the bag.
MarVles bags collection is produced in Valextra’s colour palette of leathers: Pergamena white, powder blue, military green and black are mixed and matched with terracotta and currant red, royal blue and soft pastels such as mint and peony pink.
The marble details were applied as an addition to the iconic bag Iside. Patricia Urquiola reinterprets this type, through a series of limited-edition bags ( three collections), each featuring a distinctive leather intarsia design, a new marble handle and a marble clasp. The elegant, pure lines of the bag, Patricia Urquiola’s design and colours combinations and colours contrast, complex marble details are the characteristic of the MarVles collection.
This project is an interesting story. It confirms that the multidisciplinary approach, creative collaboration, merging the creativity, technology and craftsmanship can result in extraordinary design. Without such an approach, any creative idea remains only at the level of the idea. It also confirms that creativity and sense of beauty can be applied to any product.