New Classics: Patricia Urquiola's Fjord Seating

Furniture designed by people that have an architectural background is practically always intriguing. One of my favorite painters is Patricia Urquiola. Her influences include structure, ergonomics, Spanish customs, organic shapes, engineering and also her former thesis advisor, Achille Castiglioni. The type of objects she designs runs the gamut and includes bathtubs, light fixtures, couches, benches, tile murals, rugs and even bidets.

One line gaining popularity with designers now is Urquiola’s Fjord seating, manufactured by Moroso. The set includes lounge chairs, a swivel chair, bar stools and poufs. Should the group ever go out of creation, I envision architects in 2075 looking for exactly what will likely be classic originals at exorbitant prices, a few saavy manufacturer finally getting the licensing rights and the coolest websites spreading the excitement about the rerelease.

Elad Gonen

Here is the Relax version of this Fjord sofa seat, half of that has a high back to lean against.

Fjord Relax Chair – $4,995

The chair comes in a range of colours and fabrics, and the swivel’s square base and pole are powder coated to match the upholstery.

Niki Papadopoulos

This image and the one which follows show how different the Relax Fjord chair appears when seen from other angles.

Niki Papadopoulos

Adeeni Design Group

Urbanspace Interiors

The seat’s unique shape should stop you from piling on clean laundry or stacks of publications when you use it as an occasional chair in the sack.


Fjord Swivel Armchair – $3,903

The Fjord Swivel Armchair is a better option for people who want symmetry.

Chr DAUER Architects

If space is tight in a living area, a den or a bedroom, the smaller armchair is a fantastic occasional-chair option.

Chr DAUER Architects

Fjord High Bar Stool – $1,873

I hate when my legs just dangle from a bar stool. Along with the bum-hugging tractor seat, the Fjord stool offers a bar that keeps feet from falling asleep.

David Sharff Architect, P.C.

David Duncan Livingston

The bar stool variant has a rather simple, contemporary shape; Urquiola’s signature is the telltale notch.

Urbanspace Interiors

Ultimately, these poufs are known as Fjord Stones. They come in three sizes to function as seats, footrests or coffee tables.

More: The Caboche Chandelier (additionally by Urquiola)

See related