Lighting Design by Philippe Starck and Zaha Hadid

On 05 July 2021, by Philippe Dufour

With two signature models, they reinvented the art of lighting at the dawn of the 21st century.

Zaha Hadid (1950–2016) with Patrik Schumacher, VorteXX hanging lamp, fiberglass, metallic paint, acrylic and LED modules, made by Sawaya & Moroni, Italy in collaboration with Ateliers Zumtobel Illuminazione, Austria, h. 200/78.74 in, dia. 180 cm/70.86 in, approx.
Result: €133,750

In 2005 architects Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher designed the incredible VorteXX hanging lamp with fiberglass, metallic paint, acrylic and LED modules. Our copy fetched €133,750, surpassing its high estimate of €80,000. Italian gallery Sawaya & Moroni and the Ateliers Zumtobel Illuminazione (Austria) jointly made the lamp, which boasts a revolutionary design: it looks like a luminous sculpture giving the impression of an endless ribbon of light. An LED system enables the colors to continuously change depending on the lamp’s spirals. Only 25 copies of this model were produced. Ours, bought by its last owner at the Milan fair, is probably among the last ones made.

In 2005 French designer Philippe Starck updated Baccarat’s classic Zenith hanging lamp (h. 117 cm/117 in, dia. 105 cm/105 in) with 24 lights on twisted arms, pendants and shades by adding black crystal. Our copy sold for €12,500. Very few of them were made: the first one was hung at Baccarat’s headquarters.

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