Zaha Hadid Design: Salone del Mobile 2014 review

Tela Shelving for CITCO
Tela is a shelving system characterised by an interesting dichotomy: the solidity of the black granite of which it is composed seemingly dissipates with the elongated cantilevers. At the centre of the configuration, its structural core, are the interweaved shelves which appear to open and unfold from a single surface to follow parallel trajectories. The design integrates the powerful dynamic forces inherent to cantilevered systems.

Luna Table for CITCO
The Luna table has evolved from the research of abstraction evident throughout Hadid’s repertoire. The pristine surface of the tabletop is her starting point; the established constant to which Hadid appliesthe forces that inform the table’s structure.

These forces explore the relationship between planar and volume, transforming the rigid two-dimensional surface into the third dimension. With the formal language of morphological affiliation, these abstractions reach downward and extend to the ground; expressing the inherent connectivity within all of Hadid’s work. In polished white Carrara marble, the fluid geometries of the Luna table’s legs dissolve the conventional differentiation between structure and skin, their generating forces transferred through the stone to impact the rigid plane of the tabletop. These smaller indentations within this surface reflect the materiality of the piece, the marble seeming to absorb much of the dynamic forces that define the table’s composition, creatin functional bowls within the tabletop.

Calla Fireplace for CITCO
Launched at Il Salone del Mobile 2014, Calla is a reinterpretation of the classic wall fireplace. Crafted entirely of Negro Marquina black marble, this design originates from the apparent torsional forces between its interior and exterior surfaces, defining the formal composition of the fireplace in a dialogue of curvilinear geometries.

Calla is a reinterpretation of the classic wall fireplace. Crafted entirely of Negro Marquina black marble, this design originates from the apparent torsional forces between its interior and exterior surfaces, defining the formal composition of the fireplace. Informed by the natural growth systems of Calla Lily petals that softly radiate from a central stem, the smooth, polished surface further reflects the fluidity of the form and variations in the flame.

Manta Ray Duo for Sawaya & Moroni
The surface as a field of experimentation capable of generating volume is the source of the Manta Ray Duo design. Hadid’s reseach into architectural surfaces capable of generating space and volume is a continuation of her work exhibited at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale.

The surface as a field of experimentation capable of generating volume is the source of the Manta Ray Duo design. Hadid’s reseach into architectural surfaces capable of generating space and volume is a continuation of her work exhibited at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale.

For the cast-aluminium double-seat Manta Ray Duo, a lightweight shell is created by gently folding the continuous surface to generate a plastic, embracing form: a double chair set side-by-side. Expressing the simplicity of its structure, the fluid, single surface models and unites as the twin-shell shape rises on its central axis to create an element of separation and support; an unusual armrest that is integral to the overall development of the form. At the same time, the more tightly defined curves of Y-shaped structure behind the seat can be perceived.

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