ARCHITECT ZAHA HADID



This is architect Zaha Hadid, from Baghdad. She is the recipient of the Pritzker award, the equivalent of the noble prize in architecture. Her research focuses on interrelating fields of urbanism, architecture and design. She combines natural topography and human made systems with cutting edge technology. The result is unexpected and dynamic architectural forms.

I have been on hiatus for a while to complete a two year docent program at the Philadelphia Art Museum. I am now a full fledged guide. The program not only focused on art and sculpture, but decorative arts as well which has helped me tremendously in my field of Interior Decoration.
Hadid’s work can be seen at the museum. The focus of this show is how her interior space relates to her furniture design.

This photo below is Hoxton Square, London, England. It is based on the idea of a prism. The design seeks to respond to and manipulate daylight and views.


This next photo is he opera house in Guangzhon, China.

Below is the Vitra fire station in Weil am Rhein, Germany.


Id like you to take a look how the architect translates her merge of urbanization and design when we look at the interior spaces.


Here we are looking at her “Art Borders” wallcovers as well as one of her tables, organic and sleek. These pieces as well as her exteriors show movement as well.

Below is Zahad’s latest installation at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The three dimensional pieces you see are actual seating. Once inside the space one feels like you are part of a wave.

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Wishing you all the best in 2012! Merle Weismer

ARCHITECT ROBERT ADAM

Scottish architect Robert Adam became one of the most successful and fashionable architects in the 18th century in England. He was the leader of the Neo-Classical movement, also known as Adam Style. He influenced western architecture in Europe and North America. He did not just design buildings and homes, but accessories and furniture. I am particularly fond of his surface decorations within his rooms. Above is an example of one of his ceilings. the paintings were subcontracted, painted on canvas and applied to the ceiling later. the curly foliage you see is taken from antiquity and is known as “Grotesque Design”. Taken from the Italian word, “grotto” which is a subterranean garden.

Above is another example of an Adam ceiling. also, the use of unusual colors like pale greens, blues and even pinks became his signature. He would provide a set of plans to be purchased by the owner and various artists and artisans would execute the designs using elaborate mouldings.
above is an example of a wall and doorway using colored glass panels, gilding, and painted mouldings.
Here is an example of how the design of the arch of the doorway is repeated as a surface decoration on the ceiling creating continuity of design as well as the “movement” for which he is known.
Neo-Classic or Classic Revival are all terms used to describe design vernacular from the Greco/Roman culture circa 5th century. The revival came after two cities in southern Italy were discovered by accident while digging a tunnel. These cities were Pompeii and Herculaneum.
They were buried under volcanic ash and revealed all kinds of frescoes, architecture and art that were reproduced through an 18th c filter.
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This is one of his most well known exterior structures in Bath, England called the Pulteney bridge.
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ARCHITECT, FRANK GHERY


Architect, Frank Ghery,( Canadian born Frank Owen Goldberg) is cited as one of the most important architects of our time. You are looking at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. I visited Bilbao a few years ago. Upon entry, you feel like you just want to drop to your knees. The collage like structure with its combination of glass, steel, water, stone is just unbelievable. What is unique about the exterior are the squares of titanium which is referred to as the “skin” of the structure. It sits on the water. The squares that make up the building mimic the scales of a fish. The squares are not fastened at the bottom. If the wind blows, it forces itself up under the scales and you can see the scales shift and change colors just standing there.
When Frank was a little boy, he built cities out of scraps of wood and was inspired by what he saw in his grandfather’s hardware store.
During the holiday, Passover, his grandmother would bring home a large carp and put it in the bathtub before she turned it into gefilte fish, which was part of the Passover meal. Ghery was mesmerized by the shape and movement of the fish and the way the scales shimmered as it swam. Thus began his inspiration to incorporate movement, texture, curves in his work.
The buildings seem to defy gravity.
His ability to create his structures comes from his innovative architectural software.
Below are some of his other structures which are peppered around the world.

Ghery is also responsible for creating innovations in architectural software

Below we are looking at a close -up of one of his building at MIT in Massachusetts.

This is a full shot of the same building.


Now we are looking at the dancing house in Prague, also referred to as “Fred and Ginger”.

The type of architecture we are looking at is called “Deconstructivism”, or “Decon”. It is called Decon because it goes beyond current modalities of structural definition and departs from “Modernism” whose belief is “form follows function”. Decon is not required to reflect specific social or universal ideas. Because of this the buildings have a sculptural stand alone quality .
This philosophy is somewhat controversial to some modernist architects.

Ghery was also inspired by fruit crates and has also created a line of furniture. below is an example of one of h is bent wood chairs, I think you’ll see the similarity.

Below, see the table…..

Lastly, here is one of his most playful pieces made of cardboard, called the Wiggle Chair. I have used this in a few interiors.

Here is the Wiggle chair in one of my interiors. If you wish to see more of my portfolio as well as older posts, please go to www.merlehillaryinteriors.blogspot.com.