Mesa by Zaha Hadid



Here is the second of the new products Zaha Hadid is launching at Design Miami/Basel next week: a table for Vitra called Mesa.


The table will be on show at the Vitra Campus at Weil am Rhein close to Basel.


Full details and a description below:


Mesa for Vitra
Buckminster Fuller Dome, Vitra Campus Weil/Rhein
June 13th 9pm-11pm
June 14th - 17th upon request

Mesa becomes a microcosmic extrusion of the spatial ideas inherent in Zaha’s architecture. Form doesn’t follow only function but instead is drawn along by the narrative of the plan and flow of space. It becomes something plastic and elastic, more Einsteinian than Cartesian, an evocation of a world shaped by unseen forces and dark matter, a fluid, flowing, four-dimensional world in which a table can distort the space within it and around it. It transforms any space into a Zaha room.

Descriptive text by Edwin Heathcote



ARCHITECT: Design: Zaha Hadid Architects with Patrik Schumacher

Project Designer: Saffet Kaya Bekiroglu

Project Team: Chikara Inamura, Melike Altinisik


Zaha Hadid’s architecture sees form and space pulled around, out of shape and into breathtaking, fluid spatial progressions. Hugely theatrical and enticingly urbane her buildings have begun to transform notions of what can be achieved in concrete and steel, blending the revolutionary aesthetics of constructivism with the liquid organicism of expressionism.

The progression in Zaha’s buildings from the jagged, suprematist forms of the Vitra Fire Station (1993) to the awesome, flowing urban spaces of the Phaeno Science Centre, Wolfsburg (2005) show a consistent desire to question the traditional orthogonal plan, form always pulling towards an invisible mass, space and time warped and woven around structure. These are buildings which emerge from the city as sculpture yet which are also capable of knitting disparate blocks together, always surprising but also constantly making connections.

The Mesa table evolved from an architectural experiment which was similarly to do with creating connections. Elastika was an installation created in the Moore Building in 2005 for the Miami Art Fair. The brief had been a sculptural structure to revivify the 1921 building’s atrium.

Zaha’s proposal was an organic set of tentacles which linked spaces and fl oors across the atrium, defying changing levels and criss-crossing each other in mid-air. The effect was like a huge, sticky chewing gum pulled out of shape across the interior. It is a sci-fi alien piece which transforms the heart of the building, reaching across space. It looks as if the structure was attempting to resolve itself back into a single solid.

The Mesa table takes as its starting point a similar situation. Stripping the formal idea back to its constituent parts; ground; structure; surface, the design creates a world in between the two horizontal planes, a world which becomes structure but in which the
voids express the form as much as the solids.

Posted on Wednesday June 6th 2007 at 1:06 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • ok, we have the greatest sculptor in the contemporary world her name is zaha hadid.

  • Nuno

    Always the same kind of stuff… boring.

  • Amit Sisack

    – Can you pass me the salt please! oh, shoot, it fell on the gaps…
    – Oh my… do I really have to sit on the head of the table? I`m wearing a mini and I`d have to spread my legs… and it`s kinda chilly in the room…
    – … I think that a barbacue shouldn`t have been served here… everione is fighting over the ribbs and theres not enough room for the salad…
    – Yes dear, dinner party was superve, hope we do it again! (damm you and i hope you have to clean everithing up by yourself!!)

  • nadsat

    tesselate, offset, turbosmooth…

  • ben

    If this had been done in carved wood, people would say its traditionally art nouveau or even vernacular. I like it and don’t believe it is dark matter/einsteinian (unless someone can explain the form more).
    I agree that some social functions may need to be radically re-evaluated in a traditional sense (patriarch at the head of the table, etc) but then those that don’t like it wont buy it (this is not a “solution” table for the masses) but is an evocative, elegant and fresh take on a rather boring entity known as the dining table.

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  • samaneh eshraghi

    i think its very fantastic . the table made by creative mind

  • Aryan

    great Art …least functional..thats Zaha Hadid!!

  • For a Sci-Fi fanatic like me this is the ideal table to make my dining room look like aliens nest or something, heh. Anyway, from the photos I thought it would be a coffe table, but then I saw your comments…
    Anyone know if this will be released as a vitra product some day, and if yes, any info on where I can get one?