The award winning architect’s collaborations with Swarovski began in 2008 with her Light Sculpture at the famed Salone de Mobile as part of Swarovski Crystal Palace. Hadid drew inspiration from nanotechnology and self-organizing systems, using 2,700 internally lit crystals to create her spiralling vortex of light. The same year, Hadid created unique Swarovski gem couture jewelry, designed for Runway Rocks. For her 2010 Glace Collection for Atelier Swarovski Hadid suspended Swarovski crystal in beautiful clear resin across a series of futuristic necklaces and bracelets.
In 2013 Swarovski commissioned Hadid to create something spectacular in commemoration of her first installation—the Fire Station at Vitra Campus. Entitled “Prima”, the installation used advanced design technologies to translate the two-dimensional lines of a canvas drawing into a work of multidimensional art.
As a friend and mentor of Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board, Hadid’s influence on Swarovski is immeasurable—and the loss, tremendous. “We are devastated and saddened to hear of the untimely and unexpected passing of Zaha,” says Nadja. “Her outstanding vision enabled innovative and impactful creations, truly leading a new spirit and aesthetic in design. We have been so honored to have had the chance to work with her on various projects, all of which reflect her spirit so poignantly. The strength of her contribution to the world of architecture was truly groundbreaking. She is, and always will be, a great inspiration and will remain in our thoughts and in our hearts.”