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Zaha Hadid has introduced a new set of marble tables at Salone Internazionale del Mobile, 2013 in Milan. The futuristic design is defined like all of her projects by soft curves, a ‘must have’ if you want to achieve luxurious interior design.
Zaha Hadid is renowned around the world for famous architectural projects like Galaxy Soho, Capital Hill Residence and the Azerbaijan Cultural Centre. However, this great architect’s work is not limited to architecture but also furniture and product design like Lacoste Shoes. At the exposition in Milan she introduced two new, black and white designs, the marble tables this article is featuring and the Aria and Avia Lamps.
Unfortunately, these products are a limited edition and were designed for the Italian stone company Citco, for which Zaha Hadid has previously designed the ‘Secret Garden Pavilion’.The three apparently very similar items represent three separate designs: the Mercuric I, II and III and are available in Black Marquina or Bianco di Covelano. Marble is of course a very tough material to work with but technology has eliminated this obstacle and has allowed the designer to materialize her thoughts into very complicate shapes. The beauty of these objects stands in the shape and the material which was chosen very wisely. The elaborate yet intriguing shapes are not diminished by a complicated texture but highlighted by the both color and composition of the material. Since marble is so hard to cut and sculpt as an artist pleases and the form is so complicated, we arrive at the conclusion that these items are some sort of a contradiction. And that’s where the attraction comes from. It’s something special, rare and so, quite naturally, more attractive. However, if we were talking about functionality, these three items lack this aspect and any normal table would surely be more helpful. But that’s the thing; this is a concept, a thing of beauty, something nobody else and it’s not produced on a large industrial scale. That type of product is boring and most of the times, inexpressive, not able to say anything or induce any sort of emotion.
I really appreciated these designs because it’s stuff like this that keep the artistic world going, evolving and discovering new styles and forms, helping our culture to keep away from standing still. Even if they are probably going to be produced in a small number and be kept in a very safe place because they are unique, designers all around the world will have noticed them and learned something from the gentle lines that make these tables great pieces of furniture and art.