Our recent trip to Milan for Design Week brought into focus a designer who has provided our team with continuing inspiration over the years – Patricia Urquiola. What we love about her work is that she designs in an original way, leaving preconceived ideas about the objects she is creating behind and starting from scratch. In this way, she creates trends rather than follows them. Her approach to design is refreshing and produces a seemingly never-ending range of new ideas, as well as new approaches to familiar objects. Walking through the exhibition halls at Milan Salone during Design Week, the individuality of her work stood out. Boffi have commissioned her to design a kitchen – Salinas – based on the Modrian principle of componentry. Here she has reinvented the idea of the kitchen into multiple components that come together to form the whole. Her use of materials is simply extraordinary. Timber, metal, ceramics, concrete, glass and stone unified in a beautiful composition. At a recent workshop with Patricia run by Space Furniture, we were given a very small insight into how her mind works as a designer. A true maverick of design, she knows the rules and then abandons them. The way that she uses materials is very creative. She touches, feels and workshops them, approaching her design in a very open minded way – tactile and instinctive. She frees up her mind and involves her design team in the process, encouraging innovation. It was gratifying to meet someone who is foremost in her profession and is also personally very grounded, personable and generous. What struck us about Patricia is that she loves to openly share her perspective and her knowledge.