Zaha Hadid: Form in Motion

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September 13, 2011

Love her or hate her, Zaha Hadid's scope is remarkable in terms of the breadth of designs as well as in their diverse locales. Her opera house in Guangzhou was shortlisted for the prestigious RIBA Lubetkin prize, she was the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker, her aquatic center for the London 2012 Olympics was completed in late July, and she's (almost) made her way into suburban U.S.A. with her proposed design for the Elk Grove civic enter, located a stone's throw from Dwell's San Francisco office. Now her works are taking a starring role at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in "Zaha Hadid: Form in Motion," which runs from September 17th through March 25th, 2012. Objects on view run the gamut from shoes to utensils to chairs to concept cars, all channeling the same frenetic energy of her torqued and twisted biomorphic structures. Hadid also designed the exhibition space, an "undulating structure of finished polystyrene with vinyl graphics based on curvilinear geometries [that] emphasizes the continuous nature of her work, and how the fields of architecture, urbanism, and design are closely interrelated in her practice." The chance to see a Hadid Gesamtkunstwerk is not to be missed, but in case you can't make it to the galleries, click through the slideshow for a look at some of the designs in the exhibition.

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  Z-Car I, 2006. Zaha Hadid (Iraqi, b. 1950). Lightweight carbon fiber composite: EPS PU, PU-coating, car paint. 65 3/4 x 72 13/16 x 148 in. Black/white. Made by GTM Cars, Kingswinford, England. Photography courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects: Project Zaha Hadid Architects in collaboration with Kenny Shachter/ ROVE Gallery London.

    Z-Car I, 2006. Zaha Hadid (Iraqi, b. 1950). Lightweight carbon fiber composite: EPS PU, PU-coating, car paint. 65 3/4 x 72 13/16 x 148 in. Black/white. Made by GTM Cars, Kingswinford, England. Photography courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects: Project Zaha Hadid Architects in collaboration with Kenny Shachter/ ROVE Gallery London.

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  Lacoste Shoes, 2008. Zaha Hadid (Iraqi, b. 1950). Leather, rubber. Various sizes. All colors. Made by Lacoste S.A., Paris, France. Photography courtesy of Lacoste.

    Lacoste Shoes, 2008. Zaha Hadid (Iraqi, b. 1950). Leather, rubber. Various sizes. All colors. Made by Lacoste S.A., Paris, France. Photography courtesy of Lacoste.

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  Crevasse Vases, 2005. Zaha Hadid (Iraqi, b. 1950). Stainless steel. 16 9/16 x 3 1/8 x 2 3/8 in. Silver. “Crevasse” design Zaha Hadid, Flower vase in 18/10 stainless steel. Production Alessi Spa, Italy.

    Crevasse Vases, 2005. Zaha Hadid (Iraqi, b. 1950). Stainless steel. 16 9/16 x 3 1/8 x 2 3/8 in. Silver. “Crevasse” design Zaha Hadid, Flower vase in 18/10 stainless steel. Production Alessi Spa, Italy.

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  Mesa Table, 2007. Zaha Hadid (Iraqi, b. 1950). Polyurethane base, fiberglass top, metallic paint finish. 27 9/16 x 64 15/16 x 159 7/16 in. Midnight blue. Made by Vitra GmbH, Basel, Switzerland. Photography courtesy of Eduardo Perez.

    Mesa Table, 2007. Zaha Hadid (Iraqi, b. 1950). Polyurethane base, fiberglass top, metallic paint finish. 27 9/16 x 64 15/16 x 159 7/16 in. Midnight blue. Made by Vitra GmbH, Basel, Switzerland. Photography courtesy of Eduardo Perez.

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  Crater Table, 2007. Zaha Hadid (Iraqi, b. 1950). Polished aluminum. 11 13/16 x 29 1/2 x 104 3/4 in. Silver. Zaha Hadid Architects. Made for David Gill Galleries, London, England. Photography courtesy of Michael Molloy.

    Crater Table, 2007. Zaha Hadid (Iraqi, b. 1950). Polished aluminum. 11 13/16 x 29 1/2 x 104 3/4 in. Silver. Zaha Hadid Architects. Made for David Gill Galleries, London, England. Photography courtesy of Michael Molloy.

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  WMF Flatware (5 piece), 2007. Zaha Hadid (Iraqi, b. 1950). Stainless steel. Dinner Fork: 8 3/4 in, Salad Fork: 6 5/8 in, Dinner Knife: 9 1/8 in, Teaspoon: 5 7/8 in, Soup Spoon: 8 7/8 in. Made by Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik AG, Geislingen, Germany. Photography courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects.

    WMF Flatware (5 piece), 2007. Zaha Hadid (Iraqi, b. 1950). Stainless steel. Dinner Fork: 8 3/4 in, Salad Fork: 6 5/8 in, Dinner Knife: 9 1/8 in, Teaspoon: 5 7/8 in, Soup Spoon: 8 7/8 in. Made by Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik AG, Geislingen, Germany. Photography courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects.

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  Z-Chair, 2011. Zaha Hadid (Iraqi, b. 1950). Stainless steel. 34 5/8 x 24 x 36 1/4 in. Silver. Enrico Suà Ummarino, courtesy of Sawaya & Moroni.

    Z-Chair, 2011. Zaha Hadid (Iraqi, b. 1950). Stainless steel. 34 5/8 x 24 x 36 1/4 in. Silver. Enrico Suà Ummarino, courtesy of Sawaya & Moroni.

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  Melissa Shoes, 2008. Zaha Hadid (Iraqi, b. 1950). Mold injected plastic. Black: Women's Size 6: 9 in, Purple: Women's Size 9: 10 in. Black and purple. Made by Grendene S.A., Farroupilha, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Photography courtesy of David Grandorge.

    Melissa Shoes, 2008. Zaha Hadid (Iraqi, b. 1950). Mold injected plastic. Black: Women's Size 6: 9 in, Purple: Women's Size 9: 10 in. Black and purple. Made by Grendene S.A., Farroupilha, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Photography courtesy of David Grandorge.

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  Coffee and Tea Set, 1995-1996. Zaha Hadid (Iraqi, b. 1950). Sterling silver. Overall: 18 1/2 x 22 1/16 x 14 3/16 in, Tea Pot: 3 1/8 x 5 7/8 x 11 in, Coffee Pot: 3 15/16 x 3 9/16 x 11 in, Milk Jug: 2 3/4 x 7 7/8 x 3 9/16 in, Sugar Bowl: 2 3/4 x 3 9/16 x 3 15/16 in. Silver. Made by Sawaya & Moroni, Milan, Italy. Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our  FREE app from iTunes, friend us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter!

    Coffee and Tea Set, 1995-1996. Zaha Hadid (Iraqi, b. 1950). Sterling silver. Overall: 18 1/2 x 22 1/16 x 14 3/16 in, Tea Pot: 3 1/8 x 5 7/8 x 11 in, Coffee Pot: 3 15/16 x 3 9/16 x 11 in, Milk Jug: 2 3/4 x 7 7/8 x 3 9/16 in, Sugar Bowl: 2 3/4 x 3 9/16 x 3 15/16 in. Silver. Made by Sawaya & Moroni, Milan, Italy. 

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