zaha hadid expands repertoire with marble collection for CITCO
all images courtesy zaha hadid architects © jacopo spilimbergo
the london-based architect zaha hadid continuing to expand her repertoire with a series of works for CITCO, presented at salone del mobile during milan design week. the furniture collection consists of a shelving system, table and fireplace, all carved from granite, and white or black marble respectively.
‘tela’ shelving unit made with nero assoluto granite
‘tela’ shelving system is carved of solid black granite composed with archetypal curves and cantilevers common in hadid’s architectural designs. the divergent form creates a sense of lightness, allowing the viewer to forget that the piece is formed from a massive block. the central support interweaves, allowing level shelves to extend beyond the object’s core, and adding to the piece’s immateriality.
detail of the cantilevering ‘tela’ shelving unit
‘luna’ is a manifestation of abstraction and precision. the monolithic construction carved from carrara marble explores the relationship between plane and volume, as the under-side is atypically shaped with undulating forms that drop to the floor, providing support for the elegantly cantilevered top. in profile, the table has a flat surface, but when seen from above, one observes the carved-out integral bowls, which hint at the unusual construction.
‘luna’ table featured in white carrara marble
the sinuous curves of the table’s under-side drop down to the floor as three supportive legs
the composition creates functional bowls within the table top
in the final piece of the collection, hadid interprets the wall-mounted fire place as a curvilinear form that expresses the tension between exterior and interior. carved from negro marquina black marble, ‘calla’ is named after the lily, as it is composed of enfolded petal-like shapes. the highly polished finish reflects the flame, enhancing the fluid design as light dances along the surface.
‘calla’ fireplace in negro marquina black marble
detail of the fireplace’s curvilinear geometry