for B&B Italia Outdoor
Canasta Seating was developed with B&B Italia specifically as a comprehensive outdoor collection. Urquiola’s interest in woven forms and patterns characterizes all of the pieces – from the collection’s Canasta moniker (Spanish for “basket”) referencing the form to the abstract yet figural upholstery and textile-like patterns offered for the cushions and ceramic table tops. The openings in the weave engender levity within the form, allowing space to pass through the pieces. To obtain the expert level of craftsmanship, B&B actually creates Canasta in the Philippines – known and celebrated for its centuries-old tradition of three-dimensional weaving.
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.