From 1990 until 1992 she was an assistant lecturer at Milan Polytechnic. In 1991 she became head of the product development department of De Padova in Milan, which is where she designed her first furniture pieces. From 1993 through 1996 she had a studio with two friends, working on architecture, interiors, showrooms and restaurants. In 1996 she became manager of the Lissoni Associati Design Group, where she worked for Alessi, Antares-Flos, Artelano, Boffi, Cappellini, Cassina, Kartell and others. At the same time, she independently designed for B&B, Bosa, De Vecchi too, Fasem, Kartell, Liv'it, MDF Italia, Molteni & C., Moroso and Tronconi, as well as designing stands and showrooms for Knoll, Moroso, Sag 80 and Somma. In 2001 she opened her own studio in Milan, which employs more than 20 people and focuses on product design, displays and architecture.
Urquiola achieved recognition through her work with Moroso. Her products were included in the Italian Design 2001 exhibition and for the International Design Yearbook in 1999 and 2001. In 2001 she was chair of the jury for the CDIM Design Award, and she is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences and at universities. Urquiola is one of the young designers whose work is destined to be considered classic fifty years hence.
From designboom.com, hansgrohe.com and stylepark.com
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|Bend sofa for B&B Italia|
|Fjord chair for Moroso|
|Glove lounge for Molteni & C.|
|Lowland sofa for Moroso|
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