Drawing and painting were a fundamental part of Hadid’s creative process. Influenced by Malevich, Tatlin, and Rodchenko, the designer used calligraphic drawings to visualize her architectural ideas. It allowed for imagining of structures and investigation of their relationship to the world we live in. What materialized was structures infused with Hadid’s characteristic lightness and a reinterpretation of space.
“Swarovski was honored to collaborate with Zaha for over a decade, creating an incredible body of work which ranged from lighting installations to sculpture, jewelry and home décor. Her vision always pushed us outside our comfort zone, and the results were breathtaking.” shares Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board.
Hadid partnered with Swarovski beginning in 2007 and a fruitful relationship emerged. They worked together on Fade, a sculpture presented in the gardens of the Serpentine Galleries, Light Sculpture which was unveiled at Salone di Mobile in 2008, the outdoor installation prima which was translated into a table-top collection, and many more. Most notably, Hadid’s Crista debuted Swarovski’s innovative Wave Cut technology, which allows curved forms to be cut in crystal.
The designer was born in Baghdad in 1950 and began her career in mathematics at the American University in Beirut before focusing on architecture. Hadid established her namesake practice in London in 1979 and is responsible for a number of seminal contributions to design including The Peak in Hong Kong, Vitra Fire Station, and Cardiff Bay Opera House in Wales. The exhibition of her works will be on display at the Serpentine Galleries in London through February 12th.
Zaha Hadid Architects renovated and extended the Serpentine Sackler Gallery where her works are being shown.