Patricia Urquiola was born in Oviedo, Spain in 1961 and now lives and works in Milan. She attended the faculty of architecture of the Madrid Polytechnic and the Milan Politechnic where she graduated in 1989 having completed her thesis with Achille Castiglioni. From 1990 to 1992 she was assistant lecturer to both Achille Castiglioni and Eugenio Bettinelli at the Milan Polytechnic and E.N.S.C.I. in Paris.
Between 1990 and 1996 she was responsible for the new product development office of De Padova and signs with Vico Magistretti the products: 'Flower', 'Loom Sofa', and 'Chaise Longue'. From 1993 to 1996 she had an associate practice with architects de Renzio and Ramerino and was engaged in architectural design of showrooms, restaurants and franchising. In 1996 she became head of the Lissoni Associati design group, working for Antares-Flos, Cappellini, Cassina and others.
In 2001 she opened her own Studio working on product design, architecture, installations and concept creation.She designs for Agape, Alessi, Artelano, Axor, B&B Italia, Bart Design, Biscazza, Bosa, De Padova, De Vecchi, Driade, Fasem, Foscarini, Gandia Blasco, Gallotti & Radice, Kartell, Kettal, Livit, MDF Italia, Moroso, Molteni, Paola Lenti, Rosenthal, San Lorenzo, Tronconi, Viccarbe.