NeoCon 2015 opened with a splash during the initial keynote speaking event with designer and architect Patricia Urquiola presenting her creative experiences and work aesthetic. Urquiola was born in Oviedo, Spain and now lives and works in Milan where she runs Studio, Urquiola. Her work is widely known to be playful and poetic, yet pragmatic and functional, a creative combination that is the magic behind her work. She comes and goes through conventional time-- rethinking, reinventing, and creating new, and the effect is a powerful reminder of the past and exploration into the now, always creating a new experience for the user.
During the NeoCon 2015 show, she also spoke about her collaboration with Haworth and their concept, Openest that debuted at the 2014 show and will be in production by the end of this year. The line won Best of
Show and Best of NeoCon Gold in the Collaborative Collection category and includes sofas, pouffes, tables and recyclable molded polyester space-dividers.
She also introduced a line of architectural glass in for Chicago-based company Skyline Design. These color geometric patterns come in three collections – Cipher, Overlay and Check. Urquiola, who’s publicly stated she hates working with glass, decided that the appeal of working with small Chicago-based company Skyline Design was enough for her to take on her second glass-related project this year. "They are experts with glass," she commented, "They have a very sophisticated approach and understand how to create specific effects with the material. They're very rigorous. That's the appeal."
To see more of Urquiola’s inspiring and iconic work, visit www.patriciaurquiola.com
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