Z-Play is a modular system of stool-elements that allows for the playful creation of lounging landscapes. The raison d’etre is play rather than comfort. The system offers two modules that are produced by an oblique-curvilinear cut that splits a cube into two different “free-form” figures.Now the combination game begins. It generates a surprising diversity of figures: positive figures and void figures, symmetrical figures and asymmetrical figures. The stools can also be tipped over to be used like armchairs, or they can be piled up to generate soft walls and interior “sky-lines”. A veritable explosion of formal variety can be observed. Figures can be created as well as deleted. Matching modules cancel each other by fusing into a cube.
The idea of Z-Play entails that the elements occur in large quantities, as a whole swarm of particles. Z-Play is about the creation of fluid fields, streams, piles and all sorts of agglomerations. However, the element also allows for the build up of geometric and caleidoscopic patterns. It is able to produce recognizable figures and configurations not unlike Arabic ornamental patterns. Figures might be positive solids or void figures.
Designer: Zaha Hadid Architects