The collection
Centerpiece of five assembled elements of sculptural black plastic in various sizes and shapes that fit together like a puzzle.

Centerpiece, Niche ZH02

Designed by
Zaha Hadid (1950–2016)
Produced by
Alessi, Milan, Italy
7 x 60 x 23.5 cm

The Liliane and David M. Stewart Program for Modern Design, gift of Luc d’Iberville Moreau, 2015.31

Iraq native Zaha Hadid earned an architecture degree before working for her former teacher Rem Koolhaas’s Office for Metropolitan Architecture, where she became a partner in 1977. She established her own practice in 1980 and became known for innovation in her architectural designs, which were drawn but not built. With computer technology she was later able to complete these forward-thinking projects and received prestigious commissions around the world, the most famous being the MAXXI Museum in Rome.

Her designs were fragmented geometry, incorporating multiple perspectives, and she was able to instill her ideas for her architecture in these small, everyday objects. This centerpiece for Alessi reflects her architecture in miniature with the interrelation of forms in its various separate parts.

The Stewart Program for Modern Design, photo: Denis Farley.