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In Patricia Urquiola's smartphone

In Patricia Urquiola's smartphone

Patricia Urquiola

The Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola, new artistic director of Cassina, connects the most prestigious projects. Interview smartphone signed L'Express Styles.

Spanish by birth, Italian by heart, Patricia Urquiola is a designer who never stops. Based in Milan, the new artistic director of Cassina invites herself to some confidences. Let's enter the intimacy of his smartphone in interview.

How is your smartphone useful in your creative process?

Patricia Urquiola: I photograph a lot of textures, posters, objects stranded in the street, especially when I travel. In Milan, where I live, I sometimes pick up abandoned things on the sidewalks, to which I give a second life. For example, two small plastic furniture by Joe Colombo, which belonged to a barber and now sits in my office. These fortuitous encounters delight me.

The place where you forgot it recently?

Patricia Urquiola: It's non-stop, and in unbeatable places of my studio. I find it after hours of research. Recently, I left him on the bench of a taxi in Barcelona. A hard time ! Fortunately I'm doing backups.

The three apps you use most often?

Patricia Urquiola: Drawing Desk, which allows me to draw anywhere. Spotify, to listen to my favorite records in my hotel room, mainly those of Cat Power, Joan As Police Woman or Vincent Gallo. Finally, PS Express, to photoshop a piece of furniture or a detail noticed in a showcase, and to reclaim it.

What do we see on your screen?

Patricia Urquiola: Pictures of my girls. I alternate between a picture of the eldest, Julia, 20, a student of communication in London, and the youngest, Sophia, 10, who loves coming to draw at my office.

Tell us a mistake by SMS.

Patricia Urquiola: The day before the Milan Furniture Fair, I urged a photographer friend to take a portrait of me. I relaunched it several times, except that, without knowing it, I sent these texts to one of my clients, who went out of their way to organize the session.

What purchases do you make with your smarphone?

Patricia Urquiola: A lot of books I buy on Amazon, songs on iTunes, shoes and bags on the Net-porter website. But, as I travel a lot, I love to do my shopping in the airport shops too. I am very fond of Zara, for example.

Your news, in 140 signs?

Patricia Urquiola: The decoration of a contemporary hotel in Milan for the Room Mate chain. And from another, on Lake Como.