Mind Over Matter: Zaha Hadid

For an exhibition of her product designs, the architect has refashioned a gallery in her signature style

Photo: courtesy of Eduardo Perez

Iraq-born British architect Zaha Hadid has long been making waves with her fluid, visionary building designs. (Her most recent project, the just completed , will host events for next year's Olympics.) On a more human scale, she is no less prolific—or imaginative—applying her curvilinear aesthetic to everything from a zigzagging stainless steel chair to bracelets embedded with Swarovski crystals. A new exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art examines the broad range of her product designs, including a spiral LED chandelier, collaborations with Alessi and Lacoste, and a prototype for the three-wheel Z-Car I. As a backdrop to it all, she created an undulating installation in polystyrene and vinyl, transforming the traditional space into a world of her own.

"Zaha Hadid: Form in Motion," Philadelphia Museum of Art, through March 25, 2012;

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