zaha hadid: array theatre seating for poltrona frau zaha hadid: array theatre seating for poltrona frau
apr 14, 2013

zaha hadid: array theatre seating for poltrona frau

zaha hadid: array theatre seating for poltrona frau





the ‘multiplicities exhibition’ by zaha hadid on show during milan design week 2013 presents new seating that she has conceived for poltrona frau group presented alongside her ‘liquid glacial‘ and ‘mercuric‘ table collections. the works on show in this comprehensive presentation of her design work is a vibrant composition of visual continuity, and gives insight into the nature of zaha hadid’s work and the complex geometries, technology and digital language she employs in her practice.

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the design is driven by a seamless transition from a sculpted block into a dynamic, twisting gesture




‘array’ for poltrona frau group features an A-seat sculptural form which is based on the principles of euclidean geometry — the back, arms and seat of the self-rotating structure merging, defying the visual monotony typically associated with traditional auditorium and theatre seating systems. the dynamic angles of each unit appear to form a single flower bud which is ready to open, creating a range of unique outcomes, the design taking on an unconventional shape, combined with ergonomics and high levels of comfort to result in an offering of geometrical effects.

zaha hadid array seating poltrona frau designboom collectively when arranged in rows, the ‘array’ seating defies the typical look for commercial row seating



closed sequence



open sequence



rotation sequence of ‘array’

  • What is it about her work in furniture that makes me a little ill? Is it just me?

    faftaichi says:
  • Wow, those auditorium chairs are the 1st thing that I like done by her.
    If she could just refrain from constructing buildings, the world would be nicer.

    Daniel says:
  • This project is full of technical/regulations/costs problems. The suposedly “innovative” diagonal folding system simply doesnt work (they presented only a mock up in the salone). Moreover, it doesnt comply with the regulations for this kind of seat and, according to an inside technician, if realisable, this seat would cost about 8.000 EUR each…

    Udo says:

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