Kvadrat Atrium Outdoor Fabric
Atrium is an outdoor upholstery textile by Patricia Urquiola for Kvadrat that can be used indoors as well. The material has a plain base with a subtle vivid pattern. Unusual for a technical weatherproof textile, Atrium Outdoor is made with a highly durable, specially developed Trevira CS yarn and stands out for its very soft hand. Atrium Outdoor is flame-retardant free from fluorocarbons, with an environmentally focused finish, which is water-repellent and fast-drying. The textile also provides resistance against chlorine, seawater, and artificial weathering. Atrium Outdoor combines two similarly colored yarns with a contrasting thread. This construction infuses the textile with exceptional depth and a subtle sense of wave-like movement in the foreground. The background resembles a faux-uni.
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.