Zaha Hadid Design at DENFAIR
Casper & Casper have always been fans of Zaha Hadid’s work, and after seeing their recent showcase at DENFAIR, we were further impressed by the design innovations that Zaha Hadid Design continues to produce. Founded by the eponymous master of architecture in 2006, Zaha Hadid Design stemmed from global, commercial demands for Zaha Hadid’s work. They strive to push the boundaries of contemporary design by using the latest technological and material advancements, usually in collaboration with other respected brands. Their diverse, multidisciplinary portfolio consists of fashion, furniture and interiors, to name a few.
Headed by directors Woody Yao and Maha Kutay, Zaha Hadid Design’s strength lies in their inspiring, unconstrained view of what design should be, instead looking towards what it could be. Their work approaches all aspects of production with care and consideration towards their original design aesthetics is certainly worth the praise they receive. The MOON System, for example, is an ergonomically beautiful approach to integrating typography – a term often associated with graphic design and computer screens – into sofa design. It was done in collaboration with B&B Italia, an Italian modern furniture company. It features modular seating that can be rotated, interlocked and hidden, giving it functional flexibility and form. Double-curvature geometries eases the transition between the space around the sofa and the individual pieces of the MOON System, gracefully traversing the positive and negative equilibrium of the area it occupies.
As part of their Melbourne DENFAIR showcase, they also exhibited the Liquid Glacial Collection: tables, chairs and other pieces that resemble ice formations. Zaha Hadid herself worked on the collection in collaboration with the David Gill Gallery.
It is a display of motionless fluidity, using fluid dynamics and the refraction of light to create an illusion of ice formations that are constantly forming, melting, and solidifying again. The pieces mirror the interior of a glacial ice cave, bringing to the home an ever-changing kaleidoscope of refractions by the movement of light through the material used in the series.
Their careful consideration to texture and materiality enhances the outcome of their pioneering designs. Marble, acrylic, polycarbonate, wool and steel are a few substances that form the dynamic shapes and creations in the studio’s portfolio. They do not simply choose these materials for surface appearances; rather, this ensures that their pieces are of the highest quality, and can withstand the test of time, just like Zaha Hadid’s own architectural marvels.
Multidisciplinary exploration lies at the ethos of Zaha Hadid Design. It was founded on the need to highlight the beauty of design from big projects to smaller objects in the home. Alongside the MOON System and the Liquid Glacial Collection, they also featured the ARIA and AVIA transparent chandeliers, the QUAD table, and the CELL centrepiece. Their installations at DENFAIR 2019 proved that they continue to honour Zaha Hadid’s legacy by redefining spatial contexts in their designs.