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Hadid’s Moraine sofa @ the Powerhouse Museum


I promised to post on Zaha Hadid’s Moraine sofa a while ago. The photograph, taken by the Powerhouse Museum, gives you a good idea of how gorgeous and visceral it looks. What a shame you can’t get a sense of how amazing it would feel to throw yourself all over it – I’ll leave that to your imaginations but read on if you would like to know a little about the lounge.

As per the media release from the Powerhouse Museum

Object: Sofa, Moraine, polyurethane foam/leather, designed by Zaha Hadid, England, 2000 made by Sawaya & Moroni Italy, 2004

Recognised as one of the most innovative architects of her generation, Zaha Hadid was recently awarded the highly prestigious international Pritzker Prize for Architecture. The first woman architect to win the award she joins many architectural luminaries including, most recently, Jorn Utzon and Glenn Murcutt. Iraqi-born but English-based, Hadid has dominated the vanguard of contemporary architecture for over a decade, creating a new architectural language that has extended the boundaries on both design and building technology. So far in advance of its time has much of Hadid’s work been that many of her radical, abstract concepts are only now capable of being constructed.

Hadid’s Moraine sofa was commissioned by the renowned Italian company Sawaya & Mornoni and gives three-dimensional domestic scale to her abstract architectural forms. Conceived originally as part of a suite of furniture inspired by glacial formations, the Moraine breaks new ground in its radical curvilinear asymmetrical form, a piece of furniture that is both sculpture and seating, abstract and functional. The sofa’s moulded, free-form shape also gives physical expression to the digital design technology that has played, and will continue to play a seminal role in Hadid’s highly creative design process. Examples of the sofa are held in corporate, private and institutional collections throughout the world.

This Moraine sofa was commissioned from London-based architect Zaha Hadid by the Italian manufacturers Sawaya & Moroni.

Head down to the Powerhouse Museum if you want a first hand look at this piece in the Inspired! design across time exhibition otherwise catch a breif interview with Hadid via Pol Oxygen.

Categories: Design, Object, Women
  1. Sarah
    August 23, 2006 at 3:32 pm

    an amazing design, so unimagnable to create an idea like that (sofa inspired by a rock) saw the Moraine sofa on a design visitation for TAFE and caught my attention immediately. Well done on a fantastic idea (and job)

  2. Greco
    June 6, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    I visited the Powerhouse Museum for the first time yesterday and found the experience more pleasurable than expected.

    The highlight for me was Ms Hadid’s splendid sofa.

    The curvaceous shape and deep red colour made my time with Moraine a very sensual few minutes. It’s a good thing they keep the little tease behind glass – I was very tempted to fling myself onto her and find the most comfortable position to forget about the world and it’s troubles for a while.

    Having said that, I am not 100% convinced that it is the most practical of sofa’s. Even though it is undeniably a work of art, I think very little of it will actually be comfortable to sit on. Obviously, I won’t ever experience what it feels like to sit on it, but I suspect the back support is not that great. Not something that you will be able to sit on for too long…

    Thanks, Ms Hadid, for creating such an object of extreme beauty.

  3. Aniko Gaal Schott
    January 10, 2012 at 7:06 am

    i am in interior decorator in Washington dc– Would like to know more and possibly order a moraine sofa designed by Zaha Hadid00
    How can i accomplish this– kindly advise- i cannot find “order or privce structure for it on line.
    Also — would be inrterested in a dining rom table for a client– who is a contemporary art collector– so nned to see who represents her— or how to see her inventories.
    Aniko Gaal Schott
    A. Gaal & Assoc.

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