It was the première at Salone del Mobile, in Milan, of the first design of the “Vitae” bathroom suite, a mixed production between the luxury porcelain manufacturer Porcelanosa and Zaha Hadid Design studio.
The look is signature Dame Zaha Hadid, yet the setting is somewhat different. It’s not an Olympic stadium, skyscraper or opera house, but the destination atop everyone’s list in the morning: the bathroom. It was the first such collection to be designed by the acclaimed architect, and one of the last projects she completed before her sudden death at the age of 65 in March.
“It’s difficult for us to see and celebrate the Vitae suite without her here,” explains Maha Kutay, director of Zaha Hadid Design, which was established in 2007. “But at the same time, it has become a way for us to recognise her work.”
The collection features a wide range of bath and sanitary-ware including a bathtub, basins, bathroom shelving and a wall-hung toilet with bidet.
Featuring Zaha Hadid curves and fluid lines, that evoke the movement and dynamism of water, the collection was designed to merge practical needs with cutting-edge design. Inspired by seashells and the way water flows through their unique structures, the sleek ceramic pieces are a combination of the subtlety and perfection that characterised Hadid’s designs.
The collection of individually handcrafted pieces won the i-NOVO Design Award from ArchiExpo, and was declared best design at Salone.
The queen of the curve’s designs are timeless and they will always be distinctive as this collection of Porcelanosa is.