With its enveloping, feminine lines, Crinoline is a series of outdoor seats whose very name echoes romantic nineteenth-century ladies’ skirts. The armchair with a high backrest is characterised by a wide hollow base, also echoed in the seat and in the curvature of the back. It comes in two versions: with a polyethylene fibre interlacing, or in two colours of abaca for base and seat. In the latter version, the backrest is made even more precious and romantic by a floral interlacing motif. The small armchair is characterised by a curved double shell silhouette with polyethylene fibre interlacing. The seat cushion is upholstered in a wide range of outdoor fabrics. The Crinoline series also includes small armchairs, chairs and stools.
Can you picture the dresses that women wore in the 1800s? Full, bell-shaped skirts held by crinolines (rigid underskirt garments) were spectacular “micro-architectures” commonly seen in living rooms everywhere.
All of the chairs in the Crinoline collection are designed to reflect this elegant look: the wide curve of the base is repeated in the seat and the curve of the backrest.
“The curved part gives it a double-shell silhouette,” said Patricia when describing the soft lines of the series. Crinoline outdoor chairs and armchairs are comfortable, feminine and romantic.
Crinoline is an innovation in taste. An opening. A product that encloses all of the sensitivity of a team working in collaboration with the B&B Italia Research and Development Centre. We left from Italy for the Far East with an aluminium structure: light, recyclable, resistant, completely rustproof and therefore perfect for outdoor use, and everything concerning the weave was changed. The creative process took shape through comparisons with the strengths and weaknesses of manual techniques and love for these traditional arts. Expert weavers tried time and again, but the perfect result escaped us. The woven cover of Crinoline emerged like the Arianna’s cloth: “I gave birth to it with the people who were working on it with me,” said Patricia. As a result, it is a collation of codes and languages. The 1800s, digital information, technology and hand crafted excellence.
black, white or tortora polyester powder painted aluminium
Seat and back frame:
tortora, black or white polyester powder painted aluminium
shaped polyurethane, cover in water repellent polyester fibre
white-black, bronze-black, tortora polyethylene, natural or grey abaca
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.