Dame Zaha Hadid [1950-2016] studied mathematics at the American University of Beirut before she started her architectural journey in 1972 at the progressive Architectural Association in London. She joined her former professors, Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis, at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam, where she became a partner in 1977. By 1979 she had established her own practice in London – Zaha Hadid Architects – garnering a reputation across the world for her trail-blazing theoretical works including The Peak in Hong Kong (1983), the Kurfürstendamm in Berlin (1986) and the Cardiff Bay Opera House in Wales (1994).
Zaha Hadid’s work of the past 30 years was the subject of critically acclaimed exhibitions at New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2006, London’s Design Museum in 2007, the Palazzo della Ragione in Padua, Italy, in 2009, the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2011 and the State Hermitage Museum in 2015.
In 2004 Zaha Hadid became the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize. In 2016, she will be the first woman to be awarded the RIBA Royal Gold Medal. Zaha Hadid’s other awards include the Republic of France’s Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Japan’s Praemium Imperiale and in 2012, Zaha Hadid was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. She was made Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture whilst the Royal Institute of British Architects announced Zaha Hadid as the recipient of the 2016 Royal Gold Medal.
The Zaha Hadid Design Collection features gift items and home accessories that have been designed using state of the art techniques and crafted by artisans from across Europe, and it includes platters, trays, vessels, candles and candelabras, stools and a chess set.
Contrast is key throughout the collection, both in terms of materials and colours. Traditional bone china and ceramic are offset against modern resins and acrylics, while neon pops of lime and fuchsia provide a stark contrast to pared back pieces in off-white or black. What remains consistent throughout, is the use of Zaha Hadid’s signature aesthetic: shapes are fluid, forms are free and each piece is unmistakably Zaha Hadid.
Collaborations are an important part of the design process for Zaha Hadid. She has worked with some of the most iconic fashion brands and celebrities such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Donna Karen, and Pharrell Williams for Adidas. She has also established long standing relationships with international design brands such as Alessi, Artemide, B&B, Established & Sons, Lalique and Sawaya & Moroni to articulate a new design language.
Often these designs are unveiled at several of the world's most renowned design fairs such as, The Venice Architectural Biennale, Salone del Mobile Milano, Design Miami, and most recently at the IDFFHK. Many of the collaborations have been produced in limited and numbered editions, and are important additions to both private and public collections.