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Patricia Urquiola coats transparent furniture for Glas Italia with an iridescent sheen

Milan 2015: Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola has overcome her hatred of glass to design a collection of iridescent furniture and mirrors using the material.

Patricia Urquiola Shimmer shelves Glas Italia

Launched at the Salone del Mobile in Milan this week, Urquiola's glass products are coated in a finish that reflects different colours depending on the vantage point.

Patricia Urquiola Shimmer shelves Glas Italia

The designer worked on the project despite a loathing for the material. "I hate glass when you have to do furniture," she told Dezeen. "It makes me vomit."

Patricia Urquiola Shimmer shelves Glas Italia

"If you're working in tableware or little items, it can be very interesting," said Urquiola. "When you're working in typologies like tables, bookcases, any other typologies for the house, it’s really a material that's not for me."

Patricia Urquiola Shimmer console Glas Italia

However, after Glas Italia gave her freedom to work with the material in her own way, she believes she was able to create a collection that she feels is her best product this year.

Patricia Urquiola Shimmer console Glas Italia

"I said to them: 'I don't like glass, you really want me? You must leave me a space to work on it and make it mine'," explained Urquiola. "When you have to deal with something that you really don't like, sometimes things come that are really personal."

Patricia Urquiola Shimmer table Glas Italia

Her Shimmer range includes low tables, consoles and shelves, each formed from sections of laminated glass with rounded ends.

Patricia Urquiola Shimmer mirrors Glas Italia

The glass sheets are glued together at angles, so the wall-mounted shelves look as if they are formed from four intersecting planes.

Patricia Urquiola Shimmer mirrors Glas Italia

Tables are balanced on four legs, with the curved edges touching the ground, while the consoles rest on one upright element and use a wall for additional support.

The tilt of the plates makes each appear a different colour when viewed from various angles. All the pieces are also available in opaque or transparent glass, or with a micro-dot decorative pattern.

Patricia Urquiola Shimmer mirrors Glas Italia

Urquiola has also created a set of mirrors to accompany the Shimmer range. Coated in the the same multichromatic finish, the pieces reflect subtle colour gradients across their rounded surfaces.

Glas Italia described the design as: "A magical, fascinating and animated mirror, continuously variable according to the angle of the light source and the vantage point."

Patricia Urquiola Shimmer mirrors Glas Italia

The collection is on show at the Salone del Mobile furniture fair in Milan, which concludes tomorrow. During the event, Urquiola was among a host of designers who spoke out about the intrusion of visitors and journalists frantically documenting the fair with their camera phones.

Glas Italia has also worked with Nendo to produce nine new collections, which are on show at the Japanese studio's one-year retrospective exhibition at Milan's Museo della Permanente this week.