10 February 2016
Amongst Zaha Hadid’s final creations was a collection of crystal vases for the French company, Lalique. Her collaboration with them began in 2014, and was abruptly interrupted last year with her untimely passing. Zaha’s particular talent for moving from large scale to small without losing sight of the project is evident in the crystal transparent, black or navy blue pieces. The vases were inspired by her recent buildings, including the Galaxy Soho in Peking, and represent them in crystallized form without being exact, miniature recreations. Instead, they are superb, elegant domestic accessories. Zaha once again demonstrated a talent that set her apart, not only in architecture, but in design and decorative art.