As Zaha Hadid's death continues to reverberate throughout the design world, her collaborations with brands outside architecture are a testament to just how prolific—and visionary—she was as a creator.
In addition to the ultra fluid table she designed for Italian furniture brand Sawaya + Moroni shortly before her passing, Hadid also recently contributed a sculptural crystal and metal piece for Swarovski's debut decor line, "Atelier Swarovski Home." The collection, which also includes works by Tord Boontje, Raw Edges, and Aldo Bakker, will be presented at NYCxDESIGN this month.
"Crista" is an impressive centerpiece that recalls a tied bouquet of angular calla lilies. In reality, the work was inspired by the process by which crystallization happens in nature. It was fabricated using cutting-edge (literally) technologies developed by Swarovski including crystal printing and its "wave cut" technique.
Hadid previously collaborated with the Austrian crystal house on a line of "glace" jewelry and a chandelier for the Swarovski Crystal Palace. Swarovski also commissioned Hadid to create an installation, "Prima," to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Vitra Fire Station in Weil am Rhein, Germany, which was her first completed project.
- zaha hadid merges metal and crystal to form centerpiece for swarovski [Design Boom]
- 21 First Drafts: Zaha Hadid's Vitra Fire Station [Curbed]