Zaha Hadid, the starchitect behind this sand-dune inspired headquarters in the United Arab Emirates, a high-design billboard in London, a parametric casino in China, and these uncomfortable-looking high heels, has introduced a new line of lighting fixtures for the Italian lighting company SLAMP.
“Aria Transparent.” (Courtesy ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS & SLAMP) “Aria Transparent.” (Courtesy ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS & SLAMP)
It’s being called “Aria Transparent” and the fixtures take the form of icicles, or as Hadid’s people put it—a dematerialized volume “where illumination and lightness blend, defining natural design, becoming almost aquatic.” Yes, it is very Hadidian.
The chandeliers, which come in small, medium, and large, have 50 transparent, droopy surfaces positioned on an axis to each uniquely catch the LED glow.
In the video below, which be forewarned has some funky sound issues, Patrik Schumacher, a partner and director at Zaha Hadid Architects, explains that the line is intended to have a “beautifully filigreed, lacy sensibility.” So the pieces definitely take Hadid’s signature swoopy shape, but they have a much, ahem, lighter materiality than most of her built work around the world.
Take a look at the video to learn a bit more.