Patricia Urquiola drew designers and architects out of their studios to take part in a workshop that was all about making. Following the acclaimed ‘Semina’ workshop held at Domaine de Boisbuchet in France last summer, Patricia Urquiola lead a series of private master classes in Sydney and Melbourne during Space Furniture's 20th birthday celebrations.

Patricia's own studio in Milan is a place where ideas are explored by hand and this approach was shared with local designers including Scott Weston, Heather Buttrose, Tina Engelen and Dana Tomic Hughes of Yellowtrace. The workshop's aim was to re-launch a process of research through a very open idea of collage that relates to contemporary life. The works created by over 60 designers explored this using packaging materials destined for the recycling bin.

The sessions focused on the ideas behind ‘Semina’, the avant-garde arts magazine of the late 1950s and 60s. Drawing on Patricia Urquiola’s interest in materials and the way that things go together, they explored ideas through form, material and collage. The open brief from Patricia focused on small scale and detailing, with designers transforming materials including styrofoam, mesh, cardboard packaging and wallpaper offcuts into a series of 'doll houses' and dolls that designer Alexander Girard would be proud of.

See the interview with Yellowtace here and stay tuned for the short film we are making about the project. Coming soon!