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Zaha Hadid: 10 things to know about a design fairy

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An opulent little woman, Zaha Hadid gives a new imprint to design. His furniture stretches like chewin-gum, without straight lines. The Taschen editions publish one of these giant books which they have the secret on the world-famous architect-designer, Zaha Hadid ...

1. It's a phenomenon. Revolutionary, Zahia Hadida has become a monument of contemporary architecture. She is the first and only woman to win the Pritzker Price, equivalent to the Nobel Prize for Literature. She had then realized very few of his projects but his celebrity was already global.

2.Born in 1950 in Baghdad, She studied mathematics in Beirut and then distinguished herself at the Architectural Association School in London where she founded in 1980 her agency, Zaha Hadid Architects, after working with Rem Koolhaas.

3. It is said authoritarian, haughty and even unsympathetic, but the strength and talent of this Scheherazade of the future are bound to be jealous. She is always accompanied by her partner Patrick Schumacher, a very handsome man, my faith. In the cruel and misogynistic world of architects, she knew how to oppose a fierce intelligence, an unstoppable career logistics, and affirmed a new vision.

4. It banishes any idea of ​​molding at right angles. Prove fluid, floating, sinusoidal forms. Diagonals, stalactites, twists or strata. It makes you dream and believe in a new way of life, located at the junction of architecture, art and design. And it works.

5. This is not comics, the future already exists in Hadid, and not only in his sublime drawings. Just to be sure to spend a night in his suite at the Hotel Puerta America in Madrid surfaces without ledges, where ceilings, offices, beds melt into these smooth walls.

6. She created a lot of tables and sofas for David Gill Galleries and Established & Sons, in limited editions, which she refuses to call sculptures. His furniture exists to serve as modules, "generator of spaces" and are part of a whole. She also works for Sawaya & Moroni.

7.Rolf Fehlbaum, P.-D.G. from Vitra, was the first to give him a chance by having him build the Vitra fire station in Weil-Am-Rhein in 1993. He laments that he still has not got a chair for his collection while editing a fabulous table. "It's so ugly chairs," she said.

8. This opulent little woman with sphinx-shaped faces and oriental eyes, his silhouette of jewels as huge as they are magnificent, he loves wild silks, unstructured coats, and collects the most extravagant heels.

9. Its furniture stretches like chewin-gum, without straight lines, deformed then reformed, advancing between full and empty.

10. En waiting in 2010 the MAXXI, art museum of the twenty-first century of Rome, and the London Aquatic Center for the 2012 Olympics, you can admire the Hoenheim-Nord tram station of Strasbourg (2001) or the winged skyscraper of Marseille (2009)

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