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Niche can quite simply be considered a domestic sculpture. The composition of formally complex pieces results in a unique and sinuous dovetail effect. As soon as you see Niche you want to take a piece in your hands so you can feel what to the eye appears to be an attractive, sinuous and velvety object. It can be a centrepiece made up of 5 pieces, each of which can be used as an individual receptacle for sweets or chocolates, or it can be used on a desk to hold office stationery and pens. Niche is produced from black melamine and has a smooth, matte finish that makes the pieces both pleasing to the touch and easy on the eye. An image of the composition, designed to act as a guide, is found underneath the base of the object together with the Officina Alessi logo and the name of the designer.
Zaha Hadid (Bagdad 1950) studied at the Architectural Association in London, where she qualified in 1977. She joined the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, with Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis, returned to lecture at the Architectural Association and then in other universities in Europe and the United States. She was teacher at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, and is Visiting Professor at Yale University. She began her professional career in 1979. In 1993 she was responsible for the Vitra Fire Station at Weil am Rhein, Germany, and a residential building for the iba in Berlin. Her major completed projects include the lf one pavilion at Weil am Rhein (1993-99); the Mind Zone at Millennium Dome in London (1997-99); a tram station and car park in Strasbourg (2001) and a ski jump in Innsbruck (2002). Her more recent projects include: the Contemporary Arts Centers in Rome and Cincinnati; a Science Centre in Wolfsburg, Germany; a ferry terminal at Salerno, Italy; a public square and multiplex cinema in Barcelona; the bmw Works in Leipzig; the extension to the Ordrupgaard Museum in Copenaghen and a bridge in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Zaha Hadid is also well known as a painter and designer: her work has been shown in various exhibitions in the United States, Japan, Britain and Germany. Zaha Hadid died in 2016.