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Biography

Patricia Urquiola was born in Oviedo (Spain). Lives and works in Milan. She attended the University of Architecture at Madrid Polytechnic and Milan Polytechnic, where she graduated in 1989 with Achille Castiglioni. Assistant lecturer to Achille Castiglioni and Eugenio Bettinelli in Milan and Paris, responsible for the new product development office of DePadova, working with Vico Magistretti, head of Lissoni Associati’s design group.
In 2001 she opened her own studio working on product design, architecture, and installations. Amongst her last projects of architecture: The museum of Jewel in Vicenza, Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Barcelona, das Stue Hotel in Berlin and the Spa of Four Seasons Hotel in Milan; showroom and installations for Gianvito Rossi, BMW, Missoni, Moroso, Molteni, Officine Panerai, H&M, Santoni and the general concept of Pitti Immagine Firenze.

She has realized design products for the most important Italian, and international companies, such as B&B, Boffi Cucine, Budri, Moroso, Molteni, Mutina, Kartell, Agape, Rosenthal, Baccarat, Kettal, Kvadrat, Andreu World e Hansgrohe.
Some of her products are exposed in various Museums and collections, such as MoMA in New York and Triennale Museum in Milan.

She has won several international prices and awards. Amongst others the Medalla de Oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes (Gold Medal of 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, Premio Marisa Bellisario “Donne ad Alta Quota” for Art & Design.

About Budri

"Every project created with Budri begins with the oxymoron “The lightness of weight”.

In fact, to work with marble you have to abandon all of your prejudices; forget about its heaviness, its rigidity and its lack
of versatility.

Budri manages to turn stone into a fabric and this enables me to create styles that even I didn’t think were possible.
Marble is pictorial, it has its own very strong style.

In my recent projects with Budri I have enjoyed working with the pure stone, highlighting its colours and veins, also deep down."