Patricia Urquiola was born in Oviedo, Spain, but has lived in Milan for over twenty years. She has studied Architecture at the Polytechnic of Madrid and at the Polytechnic of Milan where she graduated in 1989, under the guidance of Achille Castiglioni. She started her career as an assistant lecturer to Achille Castiglioni, has collaborated with Vico Magistretti and has been head of design for Lissoni Associates. In 2001, she started her own firm working on product design, interior design and architecture. Her most recent projects include: The Museum of Jewellery in Vicenza, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Barcelona, the Das Stue Hotel in Berlin, the Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel in Milano; retail projects and staging for Gianvito Rossi, BMW, Flos, Missoni, Moroso, Officine Panerai, H&M, Santoni, Pitti Uomo Firenze. Some of her designs are exhibited in art and design museums all over the world. She has received many international awards, including: the "Medalla de Oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes" from the Spanish government, the Order of Isabella the Catholic, given by His Royal Majesty Juan Carlos I, King of Spain, "Designer of the decade" for the magazines Home and Häuser, "Designer of the year" for the magazines Wallpaper, AD Spain, Elle Decor International and Architektur und Wohnen.