Octopoda by Patricia Urquiola

Patricia Urquiola’s installation makes use of Sport, the innovative textile she designed for Kvadrat. Crafted entirely from ocean-bound plastic waste found off the coastline and islands of Thailand, Sport is the world's first recycled polyester upholstery textile woven from discarded plastic collected from the ocean.

Inspired by the marine environment and the vibrant colours of the sea, Urquiola has created a larger-than-life octopus-like piece using different shades of Sport, the vibrant colours of the textile reflecting the rich variety of life found in the depths of the ocean. It is perhaps significant that Urquiola has channelled the octopus in her installation: a remarkable creature held in special affection by many – and an animal about which, like the ocean itself, much remains to be discovered.

Beyond its immediate visual appeal and a certain playful quality, the installation is intended to convey a serious message about waste reassignment and environmental sustainability.  As she has said:  “At the end of the day, our life is about how to create a formula that connects nature, including the plants, water, animals and all human society.” By repurposing discarded plastic as a textile, and in turn using it in an installation, she hopes to highlight the importance of fostering a more sustainable relationship with the environment.”

Patricia Urquiola

Patricia Urquiola, a graduate of Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and Politecnico di Milano mentored by Achille Castiglioni, founded her own studio in Milan in 2001, specializing in industrial design, architecture, and strategy consulting.

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