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David Gill Gallery exhibits Zaha Hadid's final collection of furniture
David Gill, Francis Sultana and Patrik Schumacher. Photo: Martin Slivka.

LONDON.- UltraStellar is Zaha Hadid’s final collection of furniture for her long-term gallerist and close friend David Gill under the creative direction of Francis Sultana, CEO of the gallery. The collection celebrates Zaha’s genius with brand new pieces and several pieces that extend existing collections and ideas from 2012-14. UltraStellar also offers the chance for the gallery to look forward to the on-going relationship between Zaha Hadid Design and David Gill Gallery under the new direction of Patrik Schumacher.

This new show of work continues on the journey that Zaha first began with the gallery in 2007 but for the first time, for the main body of this new collection, Zaha has, maybe surprisingly, employed more traditional materials including walnut, silver, glass and leather – which sit alongside her most loved of media, clear acrylic.

The shapes in this new collection reveal Zaha’s continuing dialogue with single fluid and sinuous lines – complex interactions are on show within a coffee table, single, twin and triple seat chair and a dining table. Several pieces have been fashioned in walnut, walnut and leather and walnut and acrylic and marry Zaha’s post-modern manipulation of the most contemporary of materials acrylic but here with the most traditional, wood. The new work reveals a love of this natural finish; the worked and smooth surface of the walnut and leather upholstery seamlessly flows into each of the other elements. Arms and legs, tops and bases merge into each other in a continual conversation. Just as Zaha’s architecture rejected boxes and corridors so too these new pieces further extend that concept, creating furniture that flows and seemingly adapts around the human form, embracing as opposed to conforming.

New pieces have been designed to further extend the hugely popular Liquid Glacial collection of furniture. Two console shapes have been created in the collection’s signature material, a milled and hand-polished acrylic. A bowl in sterling silver also extends this collection. The elegant beauty of the bowl appears to ripple outwards from its centre into a less defined edge capturing the moment- as though a stone has just been dropped or a rain-drop has just fallen. Also on show for the first time is an acrylic coffee table based on an original design by Hadid first created in marble in 2014, entitled Luna.

A striking centrepiece ‘Lisse’ chandelier designed by Zaha Hadid is on show. The prototype design was first shown as part of the David Gill Gallery chandelier exhibition in 2014 as part of the London Design Festival. UltraStellar reveals the finished manufactured design for the very first time. An impressive sweeping piece comprising crystal and metal, the chandelier appears like a stretched canopy which over-hangs small clusters of tiny LED lights.

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