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Furniture inspired by Ice

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Architect Zaha Hadid latest collection of furniture is currently on display at David Gill Gallery in London. The range is designed to resemble ice formations and is termed as Liquid Glacial collection.

Spanish gallerist David Gill and Zaha Hadid, in 2012 had introduced four Liquid Glacier tables which resembled flowing ice and streaming water. This year, the duo has expanded the original collection by adding, tables, stools and centerpiece that imitate ice formations.

The furniture pieces milled in hand-polished, clear and coloured acrylic convey depth and complexity without compromising functionality and ergonomic requirements. All the pieces can be displayed as standalone bits or in various configurations as a landscape frozen in time. Moreover, the latest addition – the bowl centerpiece, highlights ripples of inward, tumbling water and the acrylic moulding depending on the falling light, giving an illusion of movement.

The flowing effect of the Liquid Glacial coffee table comes from the clear and colored acrylic, the expression of water being frozen while flowing. The acrylic material mirror the colors and shapes of the environment while transforming according to the change in viewpoint of the observer. This play of colors and shapes does not hinder usability, making it a perfect addition to any modern home.

Hadid had originally wanted to use Venetian glass but the material as she said, like water, could not be predicted. Liquid Glacial is made instead of acrylic resin with the rippled effect achieved through a lamination and milling process. “I have always been interested in the concept of fluidity. Using all the advances in design, material and manufacturing technologies, we are now able to achieve even greater results in the work,”



The table encapsulates the tension between movement and stasis. Gentle waves and ripples move beneath the flat surface of the table-top, while its legs pour from the horizontal in a dramatic vortex of water that seems frozen in time. The transparent acrylic amplifies this perception, adding depth and complexity through a kaleidoscopic display of light and infinite refractions. The result is a beautiful object that inherits a myriad of colours from its surroundings, and continually adapts to changing viewpoints. It is also available as a dining table.

The dining table is created from two smaller tables put together. The two plates interlock to create a table almost six metre long that resembles sheets of melting ice held up by fragile stalagmites. The geometrics appear transformed due to the subtle waves beneath the surface of the pieces make them appear to be fluid. The design embeds formal complexity and refraction within a powerful fluid dynamic.

To create stools, acrylic is formed inventively to create the illusion of cascading, waterfall legs. For blue versions of the stools, the coloured acrylic is used with an effect which highlights the careful detail of the etching. While, the curved shapes of the stools are intended to mimic the forms of melting glacial ice, the horizontal sections slope gently into vertical supports to look like pouring liquid. Patterns are milled into the clear surfaces to refract light through the material and create dappled shadows. One of the stools tinted blue, intends to evoke the appearance of rippled water frozen in time.

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