Mafalda by Patricia Urquiola
for Moroso


Milan 2013: Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola will present a collection of armchairs with wavy backs and seats made from rigid felt for Italian brand Moroso in Milan next week.

Mafalda by Patricia Urquiola

Patricia Urquiola's Mafalda collection for Moroso comprises two sizes of beech-framed armchairs with deeply curved backs moulded from recycled polyester fibres.

The chairs will be presented at Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan from 9 to 14 April – see all news and products from Milan.

Mafalda by Patricia Urquiola

Urquiola has collaborated with Moroso several times before, creating designs such as a sofa inspired by traditional patterns from Uzbekistan and a woven chair on a tubular steel frame – see all Moroso design.

Mafalda by Patricia Urquiola

We recently featured Urquiola's collection of ice cream coloured poufs and rugs as well as a movie filmed by Dezeen in which she explains why most kitchen design is "too masculine" – see all design by Patricia Urquiola.

  • Dan Leno

    Pretty poor sense of proportion. They could come up with some real pictures or at least some decent renders considering there’s less than a week left to the official presentation.

  • Damian

    The textures in this renderings (they are renderings I hope) lack any kind of depth. Which is a shame because wood and felt could look so intriguing!

  • Concerned Citizen

    Do they not design chairs for comfort any more?

  • silvia

    I wish people would start using real people in images. I’d like to see someone sitting on it. As for now, to me it looks like the legs are too short and the seat too long and where do I squeeze my arms? I have seen many things looking pretty in a picture, and in real life it looked like a completely different thing.

  • Flash

    I think these look incredible, unlike any chair shapes that have come before, and considering Urquiola is a professional designer with many comfortable chairs under her belt and that she herself is a human, I will take her word for it that they fit a human and fit them comfortably. You stick to your played-out shell chairs and the rest of us will forge on forward into the future while you grow old in your Eames rockers.

  • The shape is a lot like David Gegler’s Nerd Chair.

  • The source

    For those who don’t know, the name Mafalda is a reference to an old comic strip character, very popular in her natal Spain, but drawn by an Argentinian. She is a little girl with very critical and visceral views on life and politics. Google her, you’ll find the visual clue where this shape is inspired, or maybe the final product reminded her of the character as seen in profile.