The fact that Patricia Urquiola adopted this approach can be exemplarily seen when taking a look at the Foscarini Caboche range. These lights are magnificent lighting objects which thanks to their internally located diffuser made from hand-blown glass and the spheres manufactured using a translucent plastic material not only provide for a fascinating lighting effect but also are unique eye-catchers that leave a lasting impression on the viewer – and they are also available as an energy-efficient LED version. Between 1991 and 1996 she worked for De Padova, an Italian designer furniture manufacturer. Within the context of this cooperation she met the architect and designer Vico Magistretti. The Milanese designer who died in 2006 created strong luminaires that stand for innovative technology, expediency and a charming message – Patricia Urquiola also embraced these features. This is, for instance, reflected in the Tatou range that she later designed for Flos: a pendant light inspired by the battle armour of the Japanese samurai that creates a wonderful play of light and shadow thanks to its dome-shaped, comb-like lampshade. In the 1990s, Urquiola was active in the field of interior design and decorated exhibition rooms and restaurants.
As from 2001, Urquiola continued her success story by founding her own design studio. She thereby gained her worldwide reputation specifically as a furniture designer. She is a permanent guest at exhibitions and trade fairs where the latest, spectacular works by the Spanish designer are presented. Here, her very personal style can be identified: triangle combinations, knitting patterns and floral elements are joined to form objects that convey elegance, straightforwardness and a better quality of life. For this purpose, Urquiola often uses strong colours for her works, however, she sometimes also reverts to warm and earthy tones.
As a light designer Urquiola up to now worked, amongst others, for well-known brands such as Flos and Foscarini. An example of her works created for Foscarini is the enticing Caboche light which looks like a large pearl ring that reflects the light in an unparalleled way – as a result a fascinating and spectacular room light is created. For Flos, on the other hand, Patricia Urquiola designed truly original objects: an innovative pendant light with lamellae made from pliable, stainless steel foil that can be individually adjusted. Thus, the owner may form the lamellae as desired – there are hardly any limits on creativity here.
Patricia Urquiola was selected as designer of the year multiple times: in 2003 by the international magazine "ELLE Deco", in 2006 by the "Wallpaper Magazine" and in 2008 during the design fair "Maison & Objet" in Paris.