Zaha Hadid was an Iraqi–British top architect. She was the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize (2004) and the UK’s most prestigious architectural award: the Stirling Prize (2010 and 2011). In 2012, she was made a Dame by Elizabeth II for services to architecture, and in 2016 Zaha Hadid became the first and only woman to be awarded the Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects.
The collection – finished by her practice, Zaha Hadid Architects – references mid-century furniture through its use of wood rather than Zaha Hadid’s typical material of choice, clear acrylic. Walnut, chosen for its color, is curved into Zaha Hadid’s famous fluid and sinuous lines. The interior designer aimed to create sturdy pieces that appear lightweight.
My partner was inspired by seeing some of the timber antiques from the 50s and 60s – Patrik Schumacher
Dune Formation Dining Table
This modern dining table designed by Zaha Hadid is an organic ensemble of inter-dependent furniture elements, including shelves, benches, a table, and an artificial tree – each offers multiple uses and configurations. Designed and produced using a combination of advanced 3D modeling techniques and adapted materials, the aluminum dining table blends vertical and horizontal planes to create a continuous surface.
The Liquid Glacial acrylic dining table designed by the Zaha Hadid embeds surface complexity and reflection within a powerful fluid dynamic. The luxury dining table is suspended between fluid movement and stasis as if formed in the depths of space. Gentle waves and ripples pulse beneath the flat surface of the table-top, while the legs pour from the horizontal in a dramatic frozen vortex like water. The use of transparent acrylic amplifies this effect, adding depth and complexity through a kaleidoscopic display of light and infinite refractions.
The Liquid Glacial series has pushed the boundaries of materiality and innovation; part of the process of our ongoing design investigation. – Zaha Hadid
Volu Dining Pavilion
We can’t forget Design Miami 2015 where the architects Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher, now director and senior designer, have designed the Volu Dining Pavilion shaped like an open clamshell.
Zaha Hadid and Schumacher’s team used computational design to create the pavilion, which is constructed from laser-cut and perforated steel surfaces, aluminum box sections, and timber loops. Volu appears to be made from a continuous piece and features an oval roof that tilts downwards over diners like a mushroom cap. The skeleton of the 3.2-meter-tall structure houses cut-out irregularly shaped sections that form a pattern across the roof and the supporting stem. The structure houses a circular wooden dining table, accompanied by three curved benches that can seat up to ten diners.
Through the analysis of the geometry under load, the pavilion’s structure and skin have been digitally optimized to remove unnecessary material, resulting in the lightest possible design solution — following an organic structural logic that recreates many of the same principles found in nature.