Partrica Urquiola – Purely Porcelain
at the Design Museum



An exhibition of porcelain created by designer Patricia Urquiola opens at the Design Museum in London today (Friday).


The exhibition features the Landscape range of tableware she designed recently for porcelain brand Rosenthal, and which has just gone on sale.


These images show the finished pieces; more images of the show, which also includes sketches, models and prototypes, coming soon.


The show runs until 25 January.


Here's some info from the Design Museum:


PATRICIA URQUIOLA - Purely Porcelain
10 October 2008 - 25 January 2009


Patricia Urquiola, one of the most active and exciting designers working today, will exhibit Landscape her recent porcelain range for the ceramic manufacturers Rosenthal at the Design Museum this Autumn. From dinner wares to tea-sets, cutlery to glass, this exquisitely designed collection, which took over two years to develop, combines smooth simplicity with richly textured surface decoration.


Spanish born Urquiola is known for her love of decoration and with Landscape she has produced exceptionally fine, translucent porcelain forms, creating ceramic surfaces with a variety of intricate decorations and patterns. The pattern is erratic, explains Urquiola sometimes filling the form and at other times escaping. Responding to today’s visual mood, Urquiola has created a sensual compendium. Landscape is a unique service which combines smooth and textured surfaces, solidity and translucency as well as Western and Oriental ceramic styles resulting in a truly inspiring collection.


Patricia Urquiola - Purely Porcelain presents the entire design process, tracing the idea from design concept through prototype to finished product and invites us to see the complex, experimental and collaborative stages that transform a vision into a finished usable product. This collaboration with Rosenthal is the first time Urquiola has worked with porcelain. A challenge she has enjoyed, ceramics are less about problem solving and more about our aesthetic and emotional response to them says Urquiola.


Born in Oviedo, Spain in 1961 Urquiola now lives and works in Milan, Italy. She graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at Madrid Polytechnic in 1989 and then studied at Milan Polytechnic. On leaving she worked for Achille Castiglioni in Milan and then in 1990 at De Padova where she was responsible for new product development and by 1996 was head of the Pierre Lissoni
Associati design group. She opened her own studio in 2001 focusing on product design, architecture, installation and concept creation. She has designed for manufacturers Moroso, Driade, Kartell and B&B.


Posted on Friday October 10th 2008 at 2:12 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • zuy

    “Patricia Urquiola, one of the most active and exciting designers working today” that’s true but here i dunnot see in this photos any vision. Sorry but any dutch or english designers could do that now and a french designers duo as Garouste and Bonatti 20 years ago…

  • fastom

    Zuy, you ignorant.
    How can you judge this work if you haven’t seen it in real life? Go to the Design Museum and then give your opinion.

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  • Mies

    It’s on display at Luminaire in Chicago and Coral Gables as well.

  • supplicem

    Zuy, why are u talking about nationalities????
    Is cause she’s spanish? I can’t understand that stupid way. Which vision do you want, why the french 20 years ago…?
    start going to the museum and then maybe u’ll start talking about design, not abour ur country complexes

  • zuy

    i dunnot like this type of work even if there is some nice surface details…

  • Just Do It

    If you just don’t like this type of work. Please keep your shallow thoughts for yourself. Thank you.

  • zuy

    @ supplicem i’m not talking about nationalities but may be you dunnot know than dutch design is quite different than italian design even if some of young italian follows now dutch design…
    @ fastom; I saw this product this afternoon in Galeries Lafayettes , it’s nice but the floral or fashion pattern handle is not new and easy to handle…In Rosenthal collection i prefer Benchetrit or Ragot works….

  • Following the frequent posting of some really really stupid people I have decided to compile an ongoing poll of the most stupid people who inflict their thoughts on Dezeen. I will try my hardest to post this at least once a week, but please do others contribute using a cut and paste techinque that will single out and humiliate the stupid people that we often encounter:

    Zuy: 1 vote
    Zenza: 1 vote
    Tiffany: 1 vote

  • zuy

    i test the collection and it’s not easy to handle… It’s only style :”creating ceramic surfaces with a variety of intricate decorations and patterns.”

  • zuy

    Just Do It Says wrote always the same comment . I think by commenting we design too..For example we see how to do better for our next design on tableware or we decide not follow the same path or design process.
    I help some young designers found in Dezeen or elsewhere to develop their vision , to find grant for prototypes or a design manufacturer in Europe.

    aboutr Maateen Bass July 24th, 2008 at 4:21 pm
    You all sound very frustrated. Looking at your comments I imagine you must all be fantastic designers full of great ideas.

    But in fact, reality must be far from what I imagine…

    With all the comments some of you guys are writing on dezeen, I think the truth is that you are just bored (and probably boring) designers.


  • Rebecca

    Uhhh… HELLO!!! Back to Patricia Urquiola….

    I love the elegance and simplicity. I love the soft-digital, the non-self-conscious desire she has made here.. This is the sort of thing that inspires me as a young designer. So timeless.

    (PS: who is this Zuy, Clown? I’m going to drop Dezeen from my daily web-check pretty soon if they don’t cut him off..He dominates this site now.)

  • Hecler

    Interesting, daring but not very pratical, the handle is a real dog to use.

  • Rebecca – could I maybe suggest therefore that that was another vote for Zuy?

    Zuy: 2 votes
    Zenza : 1 vote
    Tiffany: 1vote

  • zuy

    i ‘m agree with Hecler…it’s interessing , inspiring too as a lot of china works in the world but functionnality and usability are quite important in kitchenware and tableware….

  • zuy

    @ Rebecca
    “I love the elegance…. and simplicity” Simplicity? Are you serious? Do you compare this tableware to Morrisson works ? You are a young designer and you have to study Starck and Wanders because they have clown nose on ad …but they are serious star + bizz designers
    PS I love 90 % of Urquiola

  • Thinkaboutit

    Work coming out of the Urquiola studio is, almost without exception, design of a very high standard. ZUY is very correct in pointing out that THIS collection would certainly be one of the exceptions. REBECCA, as a young designer, needs to get a bit more into her studies of what has been done, as ZUY so correctly pointed out. Look at Garouste & Bonetti, look at Martin Baas, etc. This collection is backdated 70’s Rosenthal production pieces with 80’s Studio Alchimia craftwork additions. And to JUST DO IT, comments on works from a major design studio are valid as they represent a cross section of views. If this were work from a recent graduate, then maybe some consideration for youth and lack of historical awareness could be more easily overlooked. But it isn’t. This is just not up to the level of “design” that one could expect from this designer’s hand.
    And, to UPON THIS ROCK I’LL BUILD MY CHURCH, perhaps one should consider scores for positive commentators, or, at least, positive points to negate your negatives. I vote 1 in favour of ZUYS, which should then negate 1 .

    Zuy: 1 vote (2 votes – 1 = 1)
    Zenza : 1 vote
    Tiffany: 1vote

  • Hmmm…comments are comments. Works posted in Dezeen are all prepared for that. I say who can’t take Zuy’s comments are so vulnerable. I’ve gone through architectural school and have had much much worse. But in order for designers/architects to create great/greater works straight (but reasonable) comments are a blessing.

    But also, design is design. You can’t really comment on how beautiful it is, but when it defies functionality, I’d say, it’s worth the note. I’d say this set by Mrs. Urquoila is very spirit-lifting and creative, but it isn’t user-friendly.

    So, who wanna argue with that?

    Zuy: 0 vote
    Zenza : 0 vote
    Tiffany:0 vote

    No discrimination is Dezeen, please. It’s a free space for free voices.

  • Jynn

    nicely put THINKABOUTIT and JOAQUIN.

  • Urvi

    I think we should also focus on the balancing act and the technical feasibility of what she has achieved, with porcelain as a new material for her , which has her design stamp of minute detailing, using classic art & crafts technique .