This monument feels like it was built by gods. It’s massive size of 190 feet long and 119 feet wide and reaching a height of almost 100 feet makes anyone who walks into the space feel so minuscule. Towering over the Reflecting Pool, anchoring the western end of the National Mall this has been the site for many memorable events such as Martin Luther King’s I have a dream speech.
The following collection are a series of six large marble panels based on designs by Zaha Hadid. Developed for Citco, the marble and stone sculptures play with neutral tones and three-dimensional, chiaroscuro effete. The source of inspiration is based on the geology of the stone itself. Lace, 400 x 300 cm, Nero Marquina Matrix, 400 x 300 cm, Camelia Black and Black & Gold Ridge, 400 x 300 cm, River Grey Rift, 400 x 300 cm, Rustic Brown Swirl, 400 x 300 cm, Bianco di Covelano Vena Ora Thron, 400 x 300 cm, Nero Marquina
After seeing the many products that Zaha Hadid has designed for this year’s 2013 Salone del Mobile. A question came to my mind: Can these pieces actually fit in an interior designed by Zaha Hadid? The following photo essay explores the age old question: What came first, the chicken or the egg? And does form really follow function? Guangzhou Opera House, 2003-2010 + Serac bench, 2013 Neil Barrett Shop in Shop, 2013 + Aria and Avia Chandeliers, 2013 Roca London Gallery, 2009-20011 + Mercuric Tables, 2013 Glasgow Riverside Museum of Transport, 2004-2011 + Gyre Chair, 2013 Aura – Villa Malcontenta, 2008 + Crest Bench, 2013 Is this a Zaha interior? Well, the Swash Cabinet is:)
Mercuric Tables by Zaha Hadid for Citco are a reinterpretation of luxury and craft. The limited edition collection is a set of three tables made of black marquina and bianco di covelano marble. The gold vein that threads itself through the pieces exhibit the strength of the stone and the vigour of nature. The organic shapes alter our perception of traditional limestone structures offering a contemporary and avant-garde interpretation to furniture.
The deconstructed architecture generates a dialogue of geometries with nature that evolves the creative language and exploits the digital design process and production techniques of marble.
An installation that can be read as an abstraction of natural and organized archetype’s like a beehive. The construction method is based on a simple weaving technique similar to children’s toys.