ZAHA HADID DESIGN (ZHD) was established in 2006 by Zaha Hadid, and operates under the lead of Co-Directors Woody Yao and Maha Kutay. The Design Practice continues Hadid’s inventive methodology and process; sharing Zaha Hadid’s story and its significance within the dialogue of contemporary design. Consistently pushing the boundaries of contemporary design, they implement the latest technological and material advancements in design.
The ZHD portfolio encompasses 40 years of research expressed in pioneering designs for lighting, furniture and finishes. It includes commissions from a wide range of design disciplines such as fashion, jewellery, furniture pieces, interiors, exhibition, and set-design. As well as producing acclaimed collections for their own label, Zaha Hadid Design has successfully collaborated with the world’s most respected and iconic brands to create exceptional limited-edition pieces.
Their timeless and elegant designs convey their virtuosity with fluid geometries and ensures their preeminent position within the design world.
MAHA KUTAY, WOODY YAO - DIRECTORS
Woody Yao and Maha Kutay joined Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) in 1994 and 1995 respectively, and were involved in a number of key architectural projects from the onset of their careers. Woody joined ZHA directly after graduation from the Architectural Association - School of Architecture, and Maha from an MA in Architecture at Columbia University.
Working with Zaha Hadid they began to specialise in departments that explored her multi-disciplinary approach to design. Woody was instrumental in the development of the Zaha Hadid Archive and the growth of the Exhibitions program which have been featured in some of the most distinguished cultural institutions worldwide; he currently curates several shows a year as well as leading his team in design and execution. Maha began to develop and manage the Product Design department in 1997; she continues to lead her team in collaborations with global luxury brands and galleries as well as in the design and execution of the ZHD Collection – Zaha Hadid’s own label launched in 2014 and retailed globally in-store and online.
This expansive portfolio led to the founding of Zaha Hadid Design in 2006; Zaha Hadid appointed Maha and Woody as co-Directors of ZHD in 2013.