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Patricia Urquiola: Between Craft and Industry
November 19, 2017 - March 18, 2018
“Crinoline” Chair, designed 2008
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Patricia Urquiola: Between Craft and Industry
November 19, 2017 - March 18, 2018

A mind in motion

Internationally acclaimed designer Patricia Urquiola creates cool, innovative objects for the home and office. Perhaps more than any other designer working today, she has successfully fused the artisanal and the industrial.

Urquiola moves with ease between product and interior design and architectural commissions. She develops seductive shapes that are meant to be experienced, from her Nordic-inspired “Fjord” armchair and “Openest” lounge furnishings to stylish interiors for luxury hotels.

In this exhibition, explore a selection of her designs as well as her creative process from concept to final product. Discover how she uses personal sources of inspiration—a Japanese whisk, a broken seashell, the shape of antibodies—to imbue objects and environments with a soul.

About the Designer

Spanish-born designer Patricia Urquiola trained as an architect in Madrid and later graduated from Polytechnic University of Milan, where she studied with influential lighting designer Achille Castiglioni. Since opening a studio in 2001, she has collaborated with Alessi, B&B Italia, Flos, Kartell, Moroso, and Haworth. In 2015 she was appointed art director of the iconic Italian company Cassina.

Urquiola has received numerous accolades and awards, including Spain’s Order of Isabella the Catholic and the Gold Medal of Merit in Fine Arts. In November 2017, she received the Design Excellence Award from Collab, a group that supports modern and contemporary design at the Museum.


This exhibition is made possible by Lisa Roberts and David Seltzer, Poor Richard’s Charitable Trust, and Haworth. Additional support is provided by Collab and other generous sponsors.

The Student Design Competition is generously sponsored by Publicis Health Media.


Guest curator Donna Corbin


Alter Gallery 176, first floor