Monday, December 12, 2011


© The Philadelphia Museum of Art
© The Philadelphia Museum of Art
© The Philadelphia Museum of Art
© Me

Zaha Hadid: Form in Motion
Philadelphia, PA

I had the opportunity to see this exhibit at the Perelman Building yesterday.  It was one of the most inspiring exhibits I've seen in a long time.  The combination of line and curves extended through the pieces and the room.  I highly recommend checking out the Perelman Building (Philadelphia Art Museum other building)  when you have the chance.  This runs until March, so pencil it it.  

Innovative architect Zaha Hadid, who in 2004 became the first female recipient of the renowned Pritzker Architecture Prize, has advanced the vocabulary of contemporary architecture and design through the exploration of complex fluid geometries and the use of cutting-edge techniques and manufacturing technologies. For this exhibition—the first in the United States to feature her product designs—the Iraqi-born British architect has created a sculptural environment for a selection of furniture, decorative art, jewelry, and footwear that she has designed in recent years.
This exhibition emphasizes the continuous nature of her work, reinventing the balance between objects and space in an interior landscape. Sleekly curving sofas, tables, and lounge chairs–made of materials ranging from wood, steel, aluminum, and polyurethane–inhabit the gallery, while biomorphic forms represent the new and unusual shapes Hadid has introduced into the language of design. Among the highlights are a collection of Swarovski crystal–encrusted necklaces and bracelets, spiraling, strappy shoes made for Lacoste and Melissa, and the three-wheeled Z-car I, a prototype created of high-density foam that echoes several of her sculptural forms. (via)

Zaha Hadid Architects:

Bergisel Ski Jump (2002), Innsbruck, Austria

Riverside Museum (2011), a development of Glasgow Transport Museum, Scotland

London Aquatics CentreLondon, UK, (2008–2013), a 17,500-seat venue for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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