zaha hadid: Z chair for sawaya & moroni

zaha hadid: Z chair for sawaya & moroni

‘Z chair’ by zaha hadid for sawaya & moroni image © designboom

 

 

 

italian furniture company sawaya & moroni presents ‘z-chair’ by london-based architect zaha hadid as part of milan design week 2011.

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the design is a simple three-dimensional gesture that zigzags in space as part of the continued discourse between form and function, elegance and utility, differentiation and continuity. geometric abstractions inform the design’s linear loop, articulated along its path in a language that alternates thin wire streams and large surfaces to provide both ergonomic affordances and inherent stability to the overall shape.

zaha hadid: Z chair for sawaya & moroni ‘Z chair’ on display at the sawaya & moroni showroom in milan image © designboom

 

 

 

the subtle play of contrasting angular corners and wide, smooth curves are a result of the calligraphic gestures of hadid’s two-dimensional works, a three-dimensional presentation of a controlled brush stroke on a canvas, the synthesis of an idea: the sketch.

zaha hadid: Z chair for sawaya & moroni image © designboom

zaha hadid: Z chair for sawaya & moroni image courtesy of sawaya & moroni

zaha hadid: Z chair for sawaya & moroni image courtesy of sawaya & moroni

zaha hadid: Z chair for sawaya & moroni image © designboom

 

 

 

the chairs are displayed within a space of continuously changing vibrant colored lights from cool blues to warm orange and red tones.

zaha hadid: Z chair for sawaya & moroni image © designboom

zaha hadid: Z chair for sawaya & moroni paolo moroni and zaha hadid

zaha hadid: Z chair for sawaya & moroni william sawaya and zaha hadid

zaha hadid: Z chair for sawaya & moroni

image courtesy of sawaya & moroni

zaha hadid: Z chair for sawaya & moroni image courtesy of sawaya & moroni

  • Wierd! but don’t let me put down people trying! This is what design is about. Design, build, keep pushing the envelope, try to do what others haven’t. It’s not that original and it quite doesn’t work but it was nevertheless executed well. Keep designing and you will hit upon the right combination of curves and lack there of.

    Korby
    Apr 23, 2011
  • Dear elegance,
    what do you think about the idea Zaha doesn’t belong to the present days? And also about egoism, lack of ideas,..?
    I agree to the old Romans:”De gustibus non est disputandum”, but here is just a matter of “gustibus”.

    From my humble opinion today’s art should be more realistic, but “l’art pour l’art”. Although you have charming name, actual times need more directive art than elegant.

    suspicious
    Apr 22, 2011
  • Albert,
    if you don’t see the chair i hope you’re not a designer nor an architect. Otherwise I think you’d better find another job.

    elegance
    Apr 21, 2011
  • Double d,
    even if i disagree with you, you’re the first one here who managed to put together a meaningful critic. i think every designer pursues a research agenda. Hadid’s one relies on reinventing traditional things using different languages ispired by natural forms. This can be done in several ways and probably Hadid’s one is less focused on materiality itself and more on the gesture, the shape. You say less is more: this chair is a simple loop which traces the shape of a chair avoiding any additional part, any branching…when they write perfect synthesis I think they really mean it. This IS LESS. A traditional chair, for instance, IS MORE since its design is an addition and justapposition of several parts.

    elegance
    Apr 21, 2011
  • The form appears to be forced unwillingly into a flat seat and tilted backplate. the rest of the “supposed” chair drips off, lost and excessive in geometry in an attempt to add an illusion of complexity. The ‘chair’ appears unbalanced, killed by the idea of a continuous band which never appears to show to its seams. Like her architecture, expensive and unclear. layered with so many distracting moves, any authentic brilliance is lost underneath that very very shinny reflective snot!
    I wish her studio would stop relying on exploited 3d mesh modelling software to create interesting form. Its simply lazy and creates glossy facades for boring ideas. less is definitely more.

    double d
    Apr 20, 2011
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