Olivari Intoduces Chevron by Zaha Hadid
Zaha Hadid, founder of Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004. Each of her pioneering projects builds on over thirty years of exploration and research in the interrelated fields of urbanism, architecture and design. Hadid has held numerous chairs and guest professorships at universities around the world including Columbia, Harvard and Yale; she is currently a professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.
Hadid was included in TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” list. In 2010 and 2011, her designs were awarded the Stirling Prize by the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Hadid collaborates with Olivari to produce Chevron, a door handle for her first piece of work in New York: a residential building next to the High Line park. She wanted to transfer the same experimental visual language of dynamic, innovative structures ,found in her architecture to the handle. The Chevron takes up the sculptural element that characterizes the facade, a powerful curved form. It is lightened by a groove running the full length of the lever, which also improves the ergonomics between hand and object.