Zaha Hadid sculpts marble vases and tables for Citco
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Zaha Hadid sculpts marble vases and tables for Citco

Milan 2015: architect Zaha Hadid has carved pleats into the surfaces of these vases and tables made from different varieties of marble (+ slideshow).

Tau Vases by Zaha Hadid for Citco
Tau vases

Zaha Hadid Architects created the products for Italian stone company Citco, having previously designed a series of sculptural marble tables and a black granite shelving unit for the brand.

Tau Vases by Zaha Hadid for Citco
Tau vase

Each of the designs is shaped using a five-axis computer numerically controlled (CNC) milling machine, which carves away pieces from a solid block according to a digital model.

Tau Vases by Zaha Hadid for Citco
Tau vase

The Tau vases are available in five sizes and shapes, ranging from short and squat to tall and elongated.

Tau Vases by Zaha Hadid for Citco
Tau vase

Each is patterned with carved furrows and ridges running up the sides of the rounded forms, finishing in a ring of rounded peaks. The vases are available in four different types of marble.

Tau Vases by Zaha Hadid for Citco
Tau vase

"The Tau vases appear organic; emerging as a series of intricately rendered pleats expressing the formal complexity of natural growth systems," said Zaha Hadid Architects.

Tau Vases by Zaha Hadid for Citco
Tau vase

"Seemingly as delicate as flower petals, the fragile aesthetic of the vases belies the solidity of their material," the studio said.

Tau Vases by Zaha Hadid for Citco
Tau vase

Also available in five sizes, the Quad marble tables are formed from triangular quadrants of marble that join at the corners and curve down to form the legs.

Quad Tables by Zaha Hadid for Citco
Quad table

The inside corners have a rounded finish, creating gaps in the centre of each tabletop. The surface of the marble is carved to suggest ripples of fabric.

Quad Tables by Zaha Hadid for Citco
Quad table

"Fanning out from a central void, the marble tabletop flows to its points of grounding in each corner, gathering into subtle folds as it progresses from the horizontal to vertical," said the architects, "its fluid surfaces appear taut and pleated, denying the inherent unmalleability of its structure."

Quad Tables by Zaha Hadid for Citco
Quad table

Varieties of the stone used across the set create different effects, including plain matt black for a coffee table and marbled black and white patterns on a side table.

Quad Tables by Zaha Hadid for Citco
Quad tables

Citco presented the designs at last week's Salone del Mobile furniture fair in Milan.

Photography is by Jacopo Spilimbergo.