Zaha Hadid Architect | Aqua Table
The enigmatic liquid form of the Aqua table awakens one’s curiosity. The user is invited to explore the forces of motion that created such a form. The form is blurring the relationship between the horizontal top and vertical legs. The three blisters bulging out to form legs below the table surface register as indentations at the top surface.
The Aqua Table is an organic body fl owing within space. Rather than being static, it implies motion by adopting the dynamic gestures of liquid to form a continuous surface. The table’s asymmetrical, irregular tabletop and varying edges create an ergonomic solid that offers endless relationship possibilities with its user and its environment.
Through surface mutations at three local points, the table’s legs emerge to form a singular, unbroken surface, elevating the tabletop and stabililzing the beneath. These mutations are infl ected in the tabletop surface to enhance the singular monolithic form of the Aqua table. The translucent silicon gel of the tabletop surface has a smooth top with 3 deformities on its lower side. Gradual alterations in the colour of the tabletop refl ect these deformities, creating a surreal visual effect that draws us to explore the difference between the actual/perceived depth of the pad by touching the surface to reveal its true nature.
Design: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
Designer: Saffet Bekiroglu
Client: Established & Sons
Size: 420cm x 148.5 x 72cm
Product Year: 2005
Photographers: David Sykes and Dan Toben Smith