Opposite: Hadid’s design
for Duna is said to have
been inspired by sand
‘Two almost liquid asymmetrical
glass forms whose intersection
hides a source which shines through
striations on their surface’
comprises two almost liquid asymmetrical glass
forms whose intersection hides a source which shines
through striations on their surface. Its design was
apparently inspired by the geometry of sand dunes.
It will be displayed alongside Hadid’s sculptural Eve
chandelier, comprising 15 organic-looking clear and
opaque glass elements that float at different heights.
The inspiration of natural forms is evident in previous
Hadid designs. Her earlier Genesy floor light, designed
for Artemide, is similarly informed by the growth
patterns of trees, and particularly the forest canopy.
Zumtobel also collaborated with her on more than
one occasion. It worked with architecture and
design firm Sawaya and Moroni to develop the
fluid VorteXX acrylic and fibreglass chandelier with
Hadid and her co-director Patrik Schumacher. It
has been described as ‘a perfect symbiosis of organic
lines and a surprisingly dynamic modulation
of light colours’ whose ‘charismatically curved
outlines remind the beholder of a double helix’.
Physics as well as botany drove many of her luminaire
designs. Viewed in plane VorteXX appears to succumb
to centrifugal force. And when Hadid created a
chandelier for the crystal company Swarovski her
design drew its inspiration from self-organising
systems and nanotechnology.