Zaha Hadid Designs Z-Chair for Sawaya & Moroni
Another amazing creation by Zaha Hadid in the furniture industry, a chair that simply looks like a signature, a mere “Z”, yet so futuristic and beautiful. Only she can pull this off and be admired for it. Zaha Hadid designed this chair for the Italian furniture company Sawaya & Moroni owned by Lebanese designer William Sawaya and Paolo Moroni. This chair was presented this week as part of Milan design week 2011.
William Sawaya was born in Beirut in 1948. He graduated in 1973 at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Beirut. Especially interested in interior design (he owed his first successes to his private residential projects in Lebanon), he expanded his professional activity in France, Italy, Japan, Greece, Russia, the USA and the Persian Gulf. He studied in Paris and Milan and began his career in the design of furniture which he deems to be part and parcel of a comprehensive educational project on contemporary cultures. In 1978, he moved to Italy and established, with Paolo Moroni, the Sawaya and Moroni Design Office. In 1984, they developed the Sawaya and Moroni Contemporary Furniture, an artistic project of which Sawaya is the manager. He took part in various Art and Design Exhibitions, some of them showing exclusively his works (“Les Fleurs du mal”, Paris January 1992, “New Sensualism” in Tokyo, April 1993) and some showing other artists’ works as well (“Exhibition 30 Anni di Design” in Milan- April 1991, “Exhibition II Design Delli Anni 80” in Rome, February 1991). His works have been featured in different books, magazines and newspapers of design and architecture. Some of his finest achievements can be seen in many museums (the Glass vase at the Kunstmuseum in Düsseldorf, Calla at the Museum of Modern Art in NY) as well as in private or public collections. Sawaya designed the Rencontre 2004 Baccarat collection.