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Canasta Seating

c. 2007

by Patricia Urquiola
for B&B Italia Outdoor

Canasta Seating

by Patricia Urquiola
for B&B Italia Outdoor

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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.

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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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