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An organic shape inspired by pebbles smoothed down by water and wind, plied from stainless steel via a complex manufacturing process. “Forma” - its name emphasises its main feature (forma means shape in Italian) - is a grater designed to mould to the shape of your palm, making it easy and pleasant to hold. The perfect expression of the visionary design abilities of the Pritzker prize-winning architect, capable of absorbing facets of the visual arts and converting them into objects with fluid and dynamic shapes: small, sculptural tabletop architectures, like the cheese grater “Forma”.
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.