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.