On view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a new exhibition showcases Milan-based furniture designer and architect Patricia Urquiola’s creative process and expansive oeuvre as it encompasses products, interiors, and architectural spaces. Marking her first solo exhibition, “Patricia Urquiola: Between Craft and Industry,” will be on display through March 4, 2018.
Merging traditional modes of production with modern design, Urquiola’s works on view include the Fjord armchair—a take on the a midcentury Nordic chair—as well as the Rosenthal Landscape tea set, colorful rugs designed in Spain and woven in workshops in India, and the Crinoline chair, which evokes the handmade qualities seen in the classic rattan chair of the Philippines. Also on view is her innovative office system Openest designed for Haworth offices in Michigan, as well as a number of Urquiola’s architectural commissions featured in photographs, including the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Barcelona, Spain.
“Urquiola is part of a new generation of designers who take a humanistic approach to their work,” said Donna Corbin, associate curator of European Decorative Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. “She is known for exploring the possibilities of the artisanal through new technologies, to achieve something that feels familiar and evokes a sense of comfort.”