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Zaha Hadid Formica® Chair "Cirrus"

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Zaha Hadid (Iraqi-British; 1950 – 2016)
Cirrus, 2008
Stained fiberboard laminate by Formica®, polished in color Black (909-90)
Artist proof of four total editions

An experimental chair in sculpture form, Cirrus is a monumental work composed of vertical ‘fins’ that jut out from the wall and melt towards the ground in waves. It invites visitors to sit, lounge, or relax in its voids and alcoves. In order to accomplish the organic articulation of the piece, it is intented to be presented against a black background.

First constructed and displayed in the FORM: Contemporary Architects at Play exhibition at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center in 2008, the work was designed by Hadid and Patrik Schumacher with the assistance of Melodie Leung and Gerhild Orthacker. Fabrication was provided by Associated Fabrication, LLC. After the exhibition, Cirrus was featured in Vogue Italia, January 2009.

Of the four works produced, three editions were sponsored by Formica® and reside in collections around the world. The first work was auctioned during 2008 and purchased by the Rosenthal family (Cincinnati philanthropists for whom Hadid’s CAC is named after). It is now permanently displayed at the Cincinnati Art Museum. The second edition was given to Hadid and is installed in her London-based museum, Zaha Hadid Architects. Formica® holds the third edition, housed in the company’s Fletcher Building in Auckland, New Zealand. This fourth, artist proof sculpture was privately commissioned and gifted to the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center.

The Lois and Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art (the Contemporary Arts Center) was Zaha Hadid’s first American building. The New York Times Architecture Critic Herbert Muschamp described the building as ’the most important American building to be completed since the Cold War.” The project commenced in 1997 with a design competition. With ninety-seven applicants, Hadid won the proposal with her concept of independent galleries suspended from a singular warped concrete plane.

Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid DBE RA was an architect known for her expressive and curvaceous designs. The architect received her formal education at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London with Rem Koolhaas (Dutch, b. 1944), Elia Zenghelis (Greek, b. 1937), and Bernard Tschumi (Swiss, b. 1944). Hadid’s works do not fit neatly into any one architectural movement. However, she is often associated with Deconstructivism and parametricism. Her notable projects include the MAXXI in Rome, Italy; the Maggie’s Centre in Fife, Scotland; and the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

This item is being offered to benefit the Contemporary Arts Center.

  • Please note, this is an item that may be especially difficult to move and/or transport. Unless shipping arrangements are available and made by the winning bidder, that individual is advised to bring appropriate assistance, vehicle, proper materials, and any necessary tools to pickup.
  • Please note this item will not be installed and on display during the preview. Please visit the Cincinnati Art Museum during their open hours to view one of the four editions of the chair.


- a detailed packing and installation manual will be provided to the winning bidder; the chair is stored in five wooden crates and complete condition is unknown; work was packed on October 23, 2008 after its exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Center.


96.0" W x 96.0" H x 96.0" D

- sculpture is to be packed and shipped in its accompanied crates.
- work is stored in five different crates measuring: 77″ × 36″ × 44″; 52″ × 46″ × 61″; 88″ × 52″ × 43″; 72″ × 72″ × 55″; 64″ × 20″ × 89″.

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