Zaha Hadid’s gravity-defying buildings, simply put, are art. The late British-Iraqi architect transformed cities and communities through her evocative amorphous shapes, fluid lines, and the use of monochromatic, industrial materials like concrete and steel. Her beautiful structures allow people to live, work, and intimately experience her artful design. A powerful female architect in a male-dominated industry, Hadid said she always designed for modern life. Her legacy lives on through her eponymous architecture firm, but also through her product collection, Zaha Hadid Design (ZHD).
Hadid began designing products when she founded her architecture firm in the 1980s as a way to experiment and develop ideas on a different scale. The first commercial ZHD Collection was launched in 2014 at Harrods department store in London. Today, the collection features a series of objects, sculpture, and tableware, including candelabras, furniture, game sets, vases, and trays, all of which double as art pieces.
ZHD is led by co-directors Maha Kutay and Woody Yao, who both trained as architects and had been working with Zaha Hadid Architects since 1995 and 1993, respectively. Both have a longstanding connection to the office and worked closely with Hadid to bring her vision to life, which was always to interpret the ordinary into something unexpected.