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Manta Ray Duo for Sawaya & Moroni by Zaha Hadid

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Double-seat Manta Ray Duo for Sawaya & Moroni by Zaha hadid Architects.

The surface as a field of experimentation capable of generating volume is the source of the Manta Ray Duo design. Hadid’s reseach into architectural surfaces capable of generating space and volume is a continuation of her work exhibited at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale.

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For the cast-aluminium double-seat Manta Ray Duo, a lightweight shell is created by gently folding the continuous surface to generate a plastic, embracing form: a double chair set side-by-side.

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Expressing the simplicity of its structure, the fluid, single surface models and unites as the twin-shell shape rises on its central axis to create an element of separation and support; an unusual armrest that is integral to the overall development of the form. At the same time, the more tightly defined curves of Y-shaped structure behind the seat can be perceived.

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Project Info:

Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Design: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
Design Team: Maha Kutay, Woody Yao, Saman Saffarian
Client: Sawaya & Moroni
Location: Salone del Mobile 2014
Description: Furniture – Double cast aluminium seating
Status: Completed
Size: Width : 234 cm Depth : 148 cm Height : 112 cm
Source: Zaha Hadid Architects

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