Zaha Hadid has been one of the most well known names to people in our field, i.e. design and architecture. However the way her work has been spreading in the past 20 years has allowed her to be household name rather than just a name circulated among designers. Not only is she a successful architect, but one with such a unique style that indicates her touch once you see a building or product designed by her and her team. Her architectural iconic buildings have swept over every design magazine and website. What I liked to highlight in this post , however, were the products she designed.
The products below are among my favorites , and incredibly synonymous with the style she has created for herself. When you look through them you will notice her signature in every product. The latest product she designed was the beautiful Seoul Tea service.
The Seoul Tea Service
Inspired by the ancient traditions of Korean culture and lifestyle, the tea service designed by Zaha Hadid Architects has re-interpreted the ceremonial aspects inherent to Korea’s way of life throughout history into a fluid, seamless vision of the future both through material and form utilizing digital design and fabrication processes to realize their transformation.
The Seoul Tea Service is the latest product design by Zaha Hadid Architects, which was commissioned by NY Projects in 2009. The service is made out of ceramic while the textured case that resembles a spaceship is carbon fiber. The fluid and dynamic form of the set is based on the exploration of movement through space.
Art Borders Wallpaper
Zaha Hadid has designed four collections for leading wall-covering innovator, Marburg Wallcoverings as part of the exclusive ART BORDERS series. Unique signature designs, 9m in width and 3.3m in height, set rooms in motion, multiplying and compressing space. Complimentary drawings, with no definitive beginning nor end, dematerialize walls into endless canvases of dynamic visualizations of great depth.
Skein Sleeve Bracelet
Made for Sayegh Jewellers, the skein sleeve is a multifaceted jewelry piece that is designed to entwine an arm inside the stretched and pulled latticework of filigree. The delicate complexity of the geometry is emphasized by the polished white gold that makes up the meshwork and the adorning white diamonds that flow down the piece like water droplets.
The skein sleeve was designed for the ‘Let it be Jewelry’ exhibition at the Bahrain National Museum.
Flow vases made of Polyethylene with lacquered gloss finish for Serralunga
Series ZH Door Handles
A door handle that captures the seamless beauty which is synonymous with the work of Zaha Hadid. It was designed expressly for the communal spaces and the rooms of the floor she created for the Puerta America Hotel in Madrid, characterized by a dynamic and strongly customized architecture.
Avilion Triflow Taps
The new Avilion Triflow tap is inspired by the fluid movement of water. As a standard tap design begins and ends with a geometric arc which renders the water visible only when it leaves the faucet head. A separate waterway for purified water is controlled by a touch sensitive electronic actuator while hot and cold are controlled by a single lever which blends with the body of the form as the faucet lightly balances on the work-top.
The Zaha Hadid for Lacoste footwear collaboration began with a digitized interpretation of surfaces with repeated patterns. The design expression behind the collaboration with Lacoste footwear allows the evolution of dynamic fluid grids. When wrapped around the shape of a foot, these expand and contract to negotiate and adapt to the body ergonomically.
The limited edition closure system features a bi-stable snapping metal band encased in the leather mstrap at the upper-most end. This responsive band gently wraps and secures itself at ankle height in the men’s limited edition and at knee height in the women’s limited edition. The unique Zaha Hadid for Lacoste logo appears on the side of the heel and on the in-sock.The women’s boots are available in black and purple, while the men’s come in black and navy.
Each single piece within the cutlery set has a formal expression of its own and yet combined they compliment one another as a unified entity. Sculptural surfaces are combined with fine detail to form geometrically complex objects. The cutlery is forged from solid stainless steel that is polished to a mirror finish. The thickness of the material is extreme in some parts, allowing each item of the set to be ergonomically well balanced.
Made for B&B Italia, the moon system is considered one of their most popular seating systems due to its unique design.MOON is made of Polyurethane, its design liquefies the traditional sofa typology to accommodate a variety of users in a flexible and comfortable design.
The opportunities of reinterpretation of the iconic Louis Vuitton Bucket bag lead Zaha Hadid to reflect on its condition as a generic container.
Clustering the bags generated a series of possible relations between the different buckets, the containers and the contained, which allowed for its parts to be interchangeable under one coherent composition. The possibility of different combinations of containers, buckets, triggers a playful and interactive relationship with the user, allowing for a customization of the bucket’s form and program to each occasion.
About Zaha Hadid
Hadid was born in 1950 in Baghdad, Iraq. She received a degree in mathematics from the American University of Beirut before moving to study at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. Zaha studied architecture at the Architectural Association from 1972 and was awarded the Diploma Prize in 1977. She became a partner of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, taught at the AA with OMA collaborators Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis, and later led her own studio at the AA until 1987. Hadid has held the Kenzo Tange Chair at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University; the Sullivan Chair at the University of Illinois, School of Architecture, Chicago; guest professorships at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg; the Knolton School of Architecture, Ohio and the Masters Studio at Columbia University, New York. In addition, she was made Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture and Commander of the British Empire, 2002. She is currently Professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria and was the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
Zaha Hadid, founding partner of Zaha Hadid Architects, was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004 and is internationally known for her built, theoretical and academic work. Each of her dynamic and innovative projects builds on over thirty years of revolutionary experimentation and research in the interrelated fields of urbanism, architecture and design.
Zaha Hadid Architects
Working with senior office partner Patrik Schumacher, Hadid’s interest is in the rigorous interface between architecture, landscape, and geology as the practice integrates natural topography and human-made systems that lead to experimentation with cutting-edge technologies. Such a process often results in unexpected and dynamic architectural forms.
Zaha Hadid Architects continues to be a global leader in pioneering research and design investigation. Collaborations with artists, designers, engineers and clients that lead their industries have advanced the practice’s diversity and knowledge, whilst the implementation of state-of-the-art technologies have aided the realization of fluid, dynamic and therefore complex architectural structures.
Zaha Hadid’s work was the subject of a critically-acclaimed retrospective exhibition at New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2006 and showcased at London’s Design Museum in 2007. Hadid’s recently completed projects include the Nordpark Railway stations in Innsbruck, Mobile Art for Chanel in Hong Kong, Tokyo and New York, the Zaragoza Bridge Pavilion in Spain and the Burnham Pavilion in Chicago.
Zaha Hadid’s architectural design firm – Zaha Hadid Architects – is over 350 people strong, headquartered in London.