The wings of a butterfly in flight. Simple roundish wings - open as if they were drawn by a child. The form of the outer angle where the armrest and backrest come together is shaped to mimic the symmetry of a butterfly's wings as it glides through the air.
Patricia Urquiola loves similes, and she wanted the name of the outdoor sofa collection to mirror the initial inspiration for the collection. She took inspiration from nature, but the “depth” of the padding really has a structural function. This modular seating system is extra soft to take the comfort we are used to indoors outside “en plein air”.
tubular steel and steel profiles
Internal frame upholstery:
Bayfit® (Bayer®) flexible cold shaped polyurethane foam, water repellent polyester fibre cover
Feet and fixing elements:
black thermoplastic material
polyester on synthetic support
fabric in limited categories
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Patricia Urquiola studied architecture and design at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and completed her studies at the Politecnico di Milano where she graduated under the mentorship of Achille Castiglioni. In Spain, she was awarded the Golden Medal for Merits in Art and received the Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic.
In 2001 she founded her own studio where she specialised in industrial product design, architecture (hotel trade, retail, homes, exhibitions and installations), art direction and strategy consulting. She works with important design companies and international groups, and is part of the advisory board of the Politecnico of Milan university and the Triennale Milano Design Museum. She taught the master’s degree in Interior Design at the Domus Academy in Milan (2013-2015) and has given lectures at prestigious international universities.
She has also given talks at countless cultural events and her work is exhibited in many art and design museums across the world, including the MOMA in New York, the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, the Triennale Museum in Milan, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, to name a few. She has been named Designer of the Year by many international magazines.