Designboom has just presented a nice interview with Patricia Urquiola, one of the leading designers of today. Read the full interview here. Below is a short excerpt:

You are working in a man’s world… who would you like to design something for?
I like to work for passionate entrepreneurs, who give me a precise briefing and like to discuss it, people who are able to have fun. I do not have many desires – this is very masculine – often desires transform themselves into frustration.

Is there a designer or architect from the past that has influenced you or that you particularly appreciate the work of?
I was very fortunate to work with vico magistretti which was an important experience in my career and achille castiglioni. I like the work of the eames’, the scandinavians and franco albini.

And contemporary designers and architects?
Jasper Morrison, who I respect very much, his work is a point of reference. The Bouroullecs and Konstantin Grcic, who are all very talented and I follow their work with pleasure.

Do you have any advice for the young?
I had a slow start to my career, I spent a lot of years studying and I wouldn’t recommend this to anybody. Be very passionate and curious! Find a few cultural references and people who can give you guidance to develop your personality. Try to defend your ideas and projects, create your own formula.

Is there anything that you are afraid of regarding the future?
I don’t have many worries regarding my work. I am very fortunate. I am more worried about my responsibilities to my family and raising my children.

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