“Our collaboration with Zaha Hadid began a little more than two years ago with the inception of the Crystal Architecture collection,”says, Silvio Denz, chairman and CEO of Lalique. “This was born of a passion for beauty, a quest for excellence, and the will to combine the expertise of our master-glassmakers with the creativity and rare talent of an architect and designer of world renown.” In recent weeks, Lalique introduced its final collaboration with the renowned architect, who died unexpectedly in March. “The thought of Zaha Hadid designing this project is a particularly moving one for me, and I would like to pay homage to her memory,” says Denz.
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Denz went on to say the death of Hadid, a pioneering architect and the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize, “was a cause of immense sadness. She created works that shaped and transformed spaces and landscapes the world over. Lalique is truly honored to have had the opportunity to work with this outstanding artist.”
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Hadid was known for her design of complex, fluid spaces, evident in such high profile projects as the Galaxy Soho space in Beijing, the MAXXI: National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome, and the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games.Her Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku and the Guangzhou Opera House in China have also been hailed as futuristic architecture that have advanced the design dialogue with new spatial concepts and visionary forms. Because of her pioneering work Time magazine included Hadid in their ‘100 Most Influential People in the World” list.
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For this final Hadid collaboration, Lalique introduces the Fontana Bowl, a beautifully designed piece whose flowing lines were inspired by water movements. Each bowl is signed and numbered and comes in contrasting satin and polished finishes.