A Conversation with Designer Patricia Urquiola
3rd Feb 2016
Patricia Urquiola was born in Oviedo, Spain in 1961. She studied architecture at Madrid Polytechnic and the Politecnico di Milano University, where she graduated in 1989 after completing her thesis with Achille Castiglioni.
Patricia served as an assistant lecturer to both Achille Castiglioni and Eugenio Bettinelli at the Politecnico di Milano University and E.N.S.C.I. in Paris before going on to the architectural firm de Renzio and Ramerino. There, she specialized in the architectural design of showrooms, restaurants, and franchising. She became head of the Lissoni Associati design group in 1996, working on projects for Antares-Flos, Cappellini, Cassina and others.
Patricia opened her own studio in 2001, specializing in product design, architecture, installations, and concept creation. Her list of clients include Agape, Alessi, Artelano, Axor, B&B Italia, Bart Design, Biscazza, Bosa, De Padova, De Vecchi, Driade, Fasem, FLOS, Foscarini, Gandia Blasco, Gallotti & Radice, Kartell, Kettal, Liv′it, MDF Italia, Moroso, Molteni, Paola Lenti, Rosenthal, San Lorenzo, Tronconi, Viccarbe, and more.
Patricia lives and works in Milan.
FLOS: Are you conscious of the gender roles in design when you work?
PU: Me, I don’t feel defined by my gender. It’s so complex, but absolutely I think it’s an issue of sensibility. Sensibility exists both in men and women, in the same way. It’s very democratic.
I also think it is stupid to think that women are sensitive, absolutely stupid. What I think is important and feminine is to be open minded and to try to live a credible life. We, as women, are trying to be credible in our lives, on all different levels, in all different trajectories, personal and professional. I, as a woman try to live and work in the moment. But there are so many women doing this. I am not the only one.