Zaha Hadid brings architectural flair to her first line of home products.
Seemingly nothing is beyond the creative powers of Zaha Hadid. The Iraqi-British architect is, in the words of architect Richard Landry, “constantly reinventing herself.” Her latest inventive expression is a namesake series of home goods that debuted in September in London. Woody Yao, director of Zaha Hadid Design, says the endeavor is a response to demand. “Clients have always asked, ‘Can we have Zaha Hadid everything?’ ” he says. “We think it’s the right time to try and test the market.”
Launched at Harrods in affluent Knightsbridge, the line’s products, which start at £38 ($59), are available at the department store and through Hadid’s website. Showstoppers such as the Aqua Platter (£9,999, or about $15,690) reference Hadid’s architectural work. Limited to an edition of 200, the platter plays off the distinctive wave-shaped roof that Hadid placed on the Aquatics Centre that she designed for London’s 2012 Olympic Games. The polished acrylic enhances the platter’s fluid shape. “It’s almost a liquid form, but it’s a functional item,” Yao says, noting that it is ideal for serving nuts or condiments such as olive oil. Touches of fuchsia or green highlight the points where the platter makes contact with the tabletop.
The equally striking Field of Towers chess set (£4,860, or about $7,630), also a limited edition of 200, draws upon sketches and early studies for Hadid tower projects. “The design of the board itself is a landscape, with buildings sitting on top,” says Yao. “To us, it was quite an architectural challenge in small scale.”
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