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Remembering Zaha Hadid

14/04/2016 12:51

This month we lost an icon of the design world. A visionary, a trailblazer - Dame Zaha Hadid paved the way for female architects and created designs that are spectacular and timeless.

I first met Zaha many years ago when I was 17 years old. An old friend of mine was an architect and worked for her, so I had been aware of her from the very beginning of my career. She was always a larger than life character and was an extraordinary pioneer in design. Zaha saw the creation of buildings and cities and their synergy in a way that seemed effortless and yet extraordinary in the same way.

At the end of last year, we were both asked to take part in a Chinese TV show called CCTV.

Again I was reminded by what a force of nature she really was. She spoke about her work in front of a group of students with the same passion and determination I had heard so many years ago - it was incredibly inspiring.

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I've also been fortunate enough to be able to incorporate her designs into work for my clients. This stunning floating shelf defines the notion of functional sculpture. It is although a pool of liquid is suspended mid-height. It exemplifies her use of complex curves that seem to defy gravity which is so intrinsic to her work.

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Her pieces are sculptures, and I have purchased many pieces over the years. They were investments then but now they are treasures.

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