Zaha Hadid continues her collaboration with luxury marble retailer Citco in the latest series of benches for the 2013 Salone del Mobile in Milan. While last year the architect designed the “Secret Garden Pavilion” for the marble company, this year’s collaboration elevates the material through an object – tables.
Perceptions of marble as a baroque, old-world material are reframed by undulating, milled forms in part due to the ability of machinery to mimic precise sculptural craft.
The tables are a total vision for an object and the configurable relationships between them. They are available in three shapes and two colors: Black Marquina or Bianco di Covelano with a gold vein. The user can compose them as he sees fit.
The collection will be presented at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan during Milan Design Week, from 9th to 14th April.
However, Zaha Hadid will present another piece in the same event. The architect designed a system of twisting auditorium seats for Italian brand Poltrona Frau Contract which will be released during the Multiplicities exhibition by Zaha Hadid at Fonderia Napoleonica, Via Thaon di Revel 21 and will be featured alongside two other pieces: the Zephyr sofa and the Liquid Glacial table collection.
Called Array, each chair features a seat that flips diagonally upwards when not in use, forming a triangle with the back and a single armrest. The result is not only a twist on the seating unit, but changes the entire aesthetic of the theatre itself, shifting depending on the viewer’s vantage point.