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Bend Sofa System

c. 2010

by Patricia Urquiola
for B&B Italia

Bend Sofa System

by Patricia Urquiola
for B&B Italia

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The Bend sofa chal­lenges precon­ceived notions of what we think a sofa is and deliv­ers a soft undu­lat­ing sculp­tural seating plateau, a coveted object of desire that is extra­or­di­nary in every sense.

Patri­cia Urquiola designed a number of differ­ent Bend sofa modular elements that provide seem­ingly endless config­u­ra­tions for the ways in which you would like the Bend sofa to func­tion within your inte­rior. Each shape appears irreg­u­lar and faceted as if it were indeed hand-formed, a seem­ingly random inte­grated assem­blage of contoured, canted, stepped, angled, and curved elements within each seating block. These gradi­ents are exquis­itely mapped by the hori­zon­tal and verti­cal contrast stitch­ing of the upholstery.

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Patricia Urquiola

Spain (1961)

World-renowned designer Patricia Urquiola has already left a profound mark on the industry, and her prolific career is still catapulting ahead at full-speed. The Spanish designer’s eye for brilliant color and striking, sinuous forms turns her furniture, product, and interior designs into instant hits. Her expert understanding of composition, material, and form has garnered her commissions from the world’s most esteemed manufacturers, including Agape, Alessi, B&B Italia, Bisazza, Flos, Foscarini, Glas Italia, Kartell, Kvadrat, and Moroso. Pieces like her amorphous Bend sofa for B&B Italia reveal her talent for creating instantly eye-catching furniture that is also extremely inviting and human-centric.

Urquiola was born in Oviedo, Spain, and lives and works in Milan. After her schooling, she served as assistant professor to Achille Castiglioni and Eugenio Bettinelli at the Milan Polytechnic. During this time she also led the product development department at DePadova, where she designed alongside Vico Magistretti. She opened her own studio in 2001.

In 2015, she was named the art director of legendary Italian house Cassina, where she has worked to resurrect the brand’s expansive archive and transform its flagship stores to reflect the more than 90-year-old company’s modern vision. She also produces designs for a wide range of global clients.

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