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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.

Zaha Hadid portrait
A portrait of Zaha Hadid, (31-10-50 / 31-5-16). Credits: Mary Mc Cartney

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.

Heydar Aliyev Centre, Azerbaijan
Heydar Aliyev Centre, Azerbaijan. Design by Zaha Hadid. Credits: Hufton Crow
Manifesto, vase designed by Zaha Hadid, made of trasparent crystal. H. 46 cm, 10,5 kg. © Lalique Art
Visio, vase designed by Zaha Hadid, made of trasparent crystal. H. 59 cm, 7,3 kg © Lalique Art
Fontana bowl, designed by Zaha Hadid, made of trasparent crystal. H. 18,5 cm x L. 41 cm, 13 kg. © Lalique Art
Visio, vase designed by Zaha Hadid, made of midnight blue crystal. H. 59 cm, 7,3 kg © Lalique Art
Fontana bowl midnightblue, design by Zaha Hadid. H. 18,5 cm x L. 41 cm, 13 kg. © Lalique Art
Visio, vase designed by Zaha Hadid, made of midnight blue crystal. H. 59 cm, 7,3 kg © Lalique Art
Galaxy Soho, Beijin
Galaxy Soho, Peking. Design by Zaha Hadid. Credits: Hufton Crow
Detail of the Manifesto vase, designed by Zaha Hadid. © Lalique Art
Manifesto, vase designed by Zaha Hadid, made of black crystal. H. 46 cm, 10,5 kg. © Lalique Art
Visio, vase designed by Zaha Hadid, made of black crystal. H. 59 cm, 7,3 kg © Lalique Art
Detail of the Fontana bowl, designed by Zaha Hadid, made of black. H. 18,5 cm x L. 41 cm, 13 kg. © Lalique Art

WHERE: Paris, France

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.

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The Moodboarders is a glance into the design world, which, in all of its facets, captures the extraordinary even within the routine. It is a measure of the times. It is an antenna sensitive enough to pick-up on budding trends, emerging talents and neglected aesthetics. Instead of essays, we use brief tales to tune into the rhythm of our world. We travelled for a year without stopping, and seeing as the memory of this journey has not faded, we have chosen to edit a printed copy. We eliminated anything episodic, ephemeral or fading, maintaining a variety of articles that flow, without losing the element of surprise, the events caught taking place, and the creations having just bloomed.