PA TRICIA URQUIOLA

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Span­ish-born Pa­tri­cia Urquiola has been liv­ing and work­ing in Mi­lan, Italy, since the mid-1980s. She grad­u­ated from the city’s Po­litec­nico in 1989 and went on to work for a num­ber of renowned ar­chi­tects and de­sign com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing Alessi, Cap­pellini and Kartell. In 2001, she founded her own de­sign agency and two years later was awarded the Best Sys­tem prize for her Fjord col­lec­tion. Her body of work, which shows a pro­nounced taste for col­ors and a wide va­ri­ety of ma­te­ri­als, now in­cludes an arm­chair (Smock), a chaise longue (An­ti­body) and a lamp (Chasen).

LV: Why did you agree to cre­ate an Ob­jet Nomade for Louis Vuit­ton? PU: To me, Louis Vuit­ton has al­ways rep­re­sented a cer­tain French savoir­faire, which sig­ni­fies a cul­ture of qual­ity. The op­por­tu­nity to work on a col­lec­tion of pieces that rein­ter­pret the brand’s travel ob­jects from the past was truly in­spir­ing. LV: What does Louis Vuit­ton mean to you? PU: My un­der­stand­ing of, as well as my ad­mi­ra­tion for, Louis Vuit­ton is rooted in its rich history of pro­duc­ing cus­tom travel trunks. The many madeto-mea­sure trunks for var­i­ous world trav­el­ers have been a great in­spi­ra­tion and de­par­ture point for these ob­jects. The House has al­ways rep­re­sented the finest in lux­ury goods and crafts­man­ship. LV: How did you work with the Louis Vuit­ton work­shops’ savoir-faire? PU: It was a very in­ter­est­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to work with a com­pany that pays so much at­ten­tion to the many de­tails of such com­plex ob­jects and which com­bines so many ar­ti­sanal tech­niques to cre­ate unique prod­ucts and ex­pe­ri­ences. Vis­it­ing the work­shops and see­ing the crafts­men cre­ate the var­i­ous el­e­ments of these ob­jects with such great pre­ci­sion and pas­sion was re­ally in­spir­ing; in an ever­more in­dus­tri­al­ized so­ci­ety, it is rare to find com­pa­nies that still honor age-old tech­niques of crafts­man­ship.

Swingchair —Theswing Chair­in­vites youto­kick backandsway inthe­breeze in­a­hand­ba­gin­spired de­sig­noftwo large,nomade leather-cov­ered me­tal­lic “han­dles”and awel­com­ing wo­ven­mesh.

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