Architecture and design lost one of their most prolific auteurs last year, but the spirit of Zaha Hadid lives on in both her magnificent buildings and her smaller but no less impressive designs for the home. The latter have now been neatly grouped together in one online hub that showcases her furniture, lighting and objects, often created in collaboration with brands such as Established & Sons and Lalique.
These objects “inspire our [studio’s] creativity and provide an opportunity to express our ideas through different scales and different media,” she said at her Guggenheim museum retrospective in June 2006. “They are an essential part of our ongoing design investigation.”
The fruits of this investigation are seen in the showstopping Cristalflex Aria chandeliers (from £825), created with Italian producers Slamp. They highlight Hadid’s fluid and dynamic approach to design with striking effect, as does her sculptural, modular Z-Play II (£545), which functions as side table or seating, and the sinuous sterling-silver Lamellae Twin ring (£675) for Georg Jensen.
There are new designs too in the form of the ZH Collection, which was launched last September under the directorship of architects Woody Yao and Maha Kutay, both of whom worked with Hadid for many years. The range includes several varieties of bold bone china tableware – the gold-leaf-accented Beam (from £150 for a set of two cups and saucers) inspired by the 1920s paintings of Russian artist Kazimir Malevich, and the monochrome, op-art decorated Illusion (from £140 for a set of four bowls) – as well as etch-effect glassware (£60 for a highball duo) and the enticingly twisted bone china Braid vases and candleholders (from £125). The new-this-year interlocking Duo salt and pepper grinders (£180), twisting stainless-steel forms that echo her architecture, complete the ultra-aesthetic offering from a true visionary.