zaha hadid: art borders wallpaper for marburg
zaha hadid: art borders wallpaper for marburg zaha hadid: art borders wallpaper for marburg
nov 11, 2010

zaha hadid: art borders wallpaper for marburg

detail of ‘stria’ wallpaper by zaha hadid

zaha hadid has designed four collections for famous swiss wall-covering producer marburg. with over a century of experience developing and creating contemporary wallpapers within its own factory, marburg’s dedication to quality and constant reinvention remains the driving principle of the company. zaha’s ‘art borders’ are digital prints up to 9.00 m wide and 3.30 m high, which seem to multiply, compress and energize rooms. the complimentary drawings, with no definitive beginning nor end, dematerialize walls into endless canvases. characteristic are the dynamic lines, expressive, organic shapes of her wall designs with a lot of depth through the interplay of shimmering metallic effects, with matt and dull areas.

‘stria’ by zaha hadid

stria the effect of striated undulating ribbons emerging from the wall. colour spectrum: silver and black and numerous shades of gray and silver.


elastika a layered and highly tensioned composition of infinite spatiality. available in a single layer and a multiple layered version. colour spectrum: iridescent berry tones combined with silver, matte black and gray, mother of pearl white on white, iridescent copper hues and a deep metallic forest green.

‘elastika’ wallpaper by zaha hadid

detail of ‘elastika’ wallpaper


cellular an infinite lattice of voids and thrown into relief. the corresponding repeat creates the effect of a lattice or polished pebbles. colour spectrum: cool white, black and silver.

cloes-up of ‘cellular’

close-up of ‘cellular’

‘swirl’ wallpaper

swirl motion through endless swelling, merging and weaving. colour spectrum: warm reds, cool silver-gray, and iridescent petrol.

design by : zaha hadid architects / zaha hadid with patrik schumacher project team: melodie leung with filipa gomes, danilo arsic, russel palmer, salvatore lillini, maha kutay, woody yao marburg art director: dieter langer

designboom spotted zaha hadid’s wallpaper at the 13th edition of designers’ saturday, which took place on the first weekend of november in 2010 in langenthal, switzerland. at the biennial event 71 exhibitors showed new work at local production sites of hosting firms like création baumann, girsberger, glas trösch, hector egger holzbau and ruckstuhl.

check out more images from the designers’ saturday event on our facebook page.

  • MAXXI may have won WAF best building, and a wonderful assemblage it is – but these wallpapers – such overwhelmingly large patterns would surely distort ones visual and emotional appreciation of whatever interior spaces they might ‘adorn’.

    Colin Eaton Architects says:
  • Working in a setting of flickering background images might be difficult.

    Hans P. says:
  • the black, grey and white wall graphics might lend an energetic backdrop to zaha’s furniture, but I agree, graphics are too invasive.

    eriv says:
  • It is Avant Garde! If you prefer tiny roses or trompe d’oeuil tartan print, or fox hunting scenic wallcovering, there is already plenty in production.

    Michael says:
  • On a wall or two of corporate or public space such as a building lobby, fabulous (and a lot cheaper than a Zaha commission). Or lining a nightclub limned with low light.

    Tom P says:
  • ……….very low light!

    Colin Eaton Architects says:
  • I actually kind of like the rendering of ‘cellular’. Looks like it was meticulously done with a common blue ballpoint pen.

    skippy says:
  • Hey guys Marburg is a German Manufacturer not Swiss! It’s named after the city. Not that it would matter to the design. 😉

    Falk says:
  • @Michael, this is ‘avant garde’ in the same way that m.i.a. is ‘political’

    meh says:

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