Patricia Urquiola, the famed Spanish interior designer and architect, is making her mark in London. After wowing the industry by curating furniture for Louis Vuitton and designing the Mandarin Oriental in Barcelona and Il Soreno Hotel on Lake Como, Patricia is in London with several unique projects.
Earlier this year Patricia Urquiola celebrated London Design Festival alongside French designer and furniture specialist Silvera, hosting a talk and exhibition featuring her collaborations with Editions Milano, CC-Tapis, Cassina, Coedition and Moroso. In November the Design Museum will open its doors to a new exhibition celebrating the 70th anniversary of Ferrari. Patricia Urquiola will be designing the space for the exhibition, which will run until April next year. Patricia has also ventured into the world of residential, and is designing the amenities for a new luxury London development by Lodha UK – Lincoln Square.
Located opposite the Royal Courts of Justice and Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Patricia Urquiola has used the historic location to channel a classic luxury feeling of London with a modern twist throughout, using a mixture of materials including coloured glasses, timber woods, marbles and bronze metals that reflect her signature style.
Residents’ amenities include a 25 metre swimming pool and spa complete with separate vitality pool and treatment rooms, a gymnasium, a private club and library, a cinema, private dining area for up to 36 people, as well as snooker and games rooms. The entrance lobby showcases Urquiola’s vision and design with bespoke bronze and metal mesh chandeliers dominating the double height spaces, and leaving a free and continuous view through to the central courtyard.
Every aspect of Urquiola’s design reflects an understanding of functionality, particularly evident in the private dining room which can be divided into two areas by central movable panels and curtains which discreetly disappear into the walls when opened. The rugs and tables in each of the two rooms can be connected through additional carpet and table panels which, when in place, allow the entire space to seamlessly integrate and flow as one.
Metal grids are used heavily in the communal spaces and amenities, none more so than in the library and health club where they act as screens and visual filters giving privacy without segregating the space. The health club and treatment rooms use grey and sand tones to create a calm and relaxing environment further enhanced by a selective use of light, and the walls will be finished with subtle patterned wallpaper to add further depth.
The cinema room has been designed to be an extension of the resident’s living area and features both one and two seater sofas with side tables and low lighting to create an intimate and comfortable environment. A colour palette of grey and yellow has been used bringing an element of luxury and tranquillity. The children’s spaces in the development utilises more dynamic and vibrant primary colours including a mixture of reds and blues. Functional soft rope screens have been incorporated to create three separate areas: table tennis, television and video games and a slide and ball pool section for younger children.
On her inspiration for the scheme, Patricia Urquiola comments: “We always try to adapt the design language to the location. Each room is thought based in our understanding of how each room can solve the specific needs of the clients: circulations, privacy, comfort, communication. We thought about a cosmopolitan person who travels a lot, enjoys all the amenities and comforts, appreciates the good material and finishes when they arrive at home. Our aim was to create a variety of beautiful yet unique spaces which have their own individual character yet are unified by subtle elements and themes. We tried to transmit the classic luxury feeling of London through a modern interpretation of materials and design shapes. The interior is characterized by the mix of the materials. Coloured glass, timber wood, marble and bronze metal are used through the different spaces, creating a coloured and warm atmosphere, and a strong sense of materiality.”
Lincoln Square will offer a selection of studio, one, two, three and four bedroom apartments and townhouses including two penthouses complete with their own expansive terraces. Prices start from £990,000. For more information visit www.lincolnsquare.co.uk.