Water carafe by Gareth Neal in collaboration with Zaha Hadid

November 28th, 2014 by retail design blog

The Wish List, Oak. Initiated by the American Hardwood Export Council and Benchmark Furniture, The Wish List brings together a stellar list of architects and designers for a unique collaborative project.

I was excited to be paired with Zaha Hadid, who’s brief was simple and open: to create some form of tableware made from wood. I approached the project by thinking about the fluid dynamic of Zaha Hadid’s designs. The water carafe idea emerged from considering the liquid nature of her work, but juxtaposing it with a functional element to contain water within. I was keen to take advantage of the Hadid studio’s advance computer modelling software, pushing the boundaries of digital tools. I was particularly interested in the idiosyncrasies of traditional hand processes such as a hand thrown pot, or a raised piece of silverware and how simulating these could be achieved through digital imitation.

Through using the traditional vessel form as a starting point and subverting its appearance to dramatic extremes, mimicking traditional carving technique I hope the pieces will embed the design with a sense of the handmade through the arm of a robot, questioning the viewer’s perceptions of craft and the handmade.

Design by Gareth Neal in collaboration with Zaha Hadid

http://garethneal.co.uk/the-wish-list

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