Zaha Hadid’s studio designs carpet collection inspired by her buildings

Rug is the Drug

A close up detail view of a carpet

The RE/Form carpet collection was unveiled by Zaha Hadid Design and Royal Thai at the London Design Festival 2018. The collection, whose name is short for reconfiguration and transformation, consists of 22 hand-tufted carpets that reimagine Zaha Hadid’s most iconic buildings as textiles.

A close up detail view of a carpet
Detail of the Striation carpet (Zaha Hadid Architects)

Each carpet draws upon a theme common to the late architect’s work—striated lines, ribbon-like projections, pixelated landscapes, and organic cellular shapes—to produce an abstract geometric print. The prints are complemented by a bold palette of turquoises, reds, yellows, and greens, which were developed specifically for the collection.

Detail of a black and purple pixelated carpet
The Cellular carpet (Zaha Hadid Architects)

Close up detail of a geometric carpet
Close-up view of the Cellular carpet (Zaha Hadid Architects)

“RE/Form is a celebration of Hadid’s legacy,” her studio said in a statement. “Patterns within each grouping capture [her] signature use of interweaving, layering and play with light and shadow.”

Taken together, the carpets read like a monograph of Hadid’s Pritzker Prize-winning career. The striated patterns recall her earlier commissions, bringing to mind the sweeping cantilevers of the MAXXI in Rome and the library at the Vienna University of Economics. The ribbon series represents her shift toward more graceful curves, which culminated in the Heydar Aliyev Center in Azerbaijan. The cellular and pixelated carpets evoke her later experiments with angles, such as the tessellated facade of Antwerp Port House and the posthumously completed KAPSARC building in Saudi Arabia.

Close-up view of a paisley carpet
Detail of the Ribbon carpet (Zaha Hadid Architects)

Rendering of a purple carpet
Rendering of the Ribbon carpet (Zaha Hadid Architects)

The collection is the most recent in a series of high-profile collaborations between the architect’s industrial design studio and boutique product manufacturers. RE/Form was presented in an exhibit alongside Nagami’s new collection of sculptural, Hadid-designed, 3-D-printed furniture.