Curve Ap­peal

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HEN ZAHA HA­DID DIED of a heart at­tack in March, it shocked the de­sign world. Not only be­cause the 65-year-old ar­chi­tect, the au­thor of some of the past cen­tury’s most al­lur­ing build­ings and the first woman to win the in­dus­try’s pres­ti­gious Pritzker prize, was far too young, and too im­por­tant, to go in such a com­mon way. But also be­cause she left be­hind a raft of unfinished work, from Man­hat­tan skyscrap­ers just un­der con­struc­tion to a col­lec­tion of fur­ni­ture, called Ul­trastel­lar, com­mis­sioned by the David Gill Gallery in Lon­don. The col­lec­tion, a mix of wal­nut, leather, and glass wo­ven into her sig­na­ture alien-like curved forms, was even­tu­ally com­pleted by her studio — her fi­nal, post­hu­mous con­tri­bu­tion to the world of in­dus­trial de­sign, and a fit­ting farewell to an icon.

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