Zaha Hadid Design and Karimoku announce collaboration

Presenting architectural models, furniture, jewellery and objects by Zaha Hadid Design, Japanese furniture brand Karimoku celebrates the late architect’s work and unveils its 2022 collaboration with the studio

Two photographs showing abstract details of wooden chairs by Zaha Hadid Design for Karimoku
Prototypes of the ‘Seyun’ chair by Zaha Hadid Design for Karimoku, previewed through an exhibition of the design studio at the Japanese brand’s Tokyo space (until 3 December 2021). Photography: Masaki Ogawa
(Image credit: Masaki Ogawa)

Opened in early 2021, Karimoku Commons is a hybrid space in Tokyo featuring workspaces and galleries, ‘a space where you can rethink your life with wood’, by exploring the Japanese brand and have a more experiential approach to its furniture designs and manufacturing. The latest exhibition to open at the space (from 13 October to 3 December 2021) is an overview of Zaha Hadid Design’s works, with a focus on collaborative product designs from the past ten years.

Zaha Hadid Design retrospective

Installation view of Zaha Hadid exhibition at Karimoku Commons Tokyo

Karimoku Commons exhibition view

(Image credit: Zaha Hadid)

The exhibition at Karimoku Commons presents a selection of architectural models from Hadid’s archives that have been reproduced in wood, as well as an overview of Zaha Hadid Design’s portfolio, including jewellery design, furniture, lighting and more, both created in collaboration with international brands and under the ZHD label. 

A wooden model of a Zaha Hadid building

Model of a Zaha Hadid building recreated by Karimoku. Photography: Masaaki Inoue

(Image credit: Masaaki Inoue)

Whether working on a building or small object, it was Zaha Hadid’s mission to innovate formally, technically or through materials, and the pieces on display are a fitting demonstration of her commitment to innovation. The exhibition includes gravity-defying chandeliers for Slamp, crystal objects for Lalique and shoes for United Nude, but also designs produced under the studio’s brand that include glassware, tealights, salt and pepper shakers and decorative objects.

Zaha Hadid Design and Karimoku: the ‘Seyun’ chair

Two wooden chairs shown back to back designed by Zaha Hadid Design for Karimoku

Prototypes of the ‘Seyun’ chair. Photography: Masaki Ogawa

(Image credit: Masaki Ogawa)

The exhibition previews the studio’s ‘Seyun’ chair for Karimoku, set to launch in 2022 and featuring Zaha Hadid Design’s distinctive sinuous silhouettes and rigorously engineered construction. On display are also a series of prototypes of furniture including chairs, armchairs and tables designed by the studio and crafted by Karimoku's artisans in wood. The project was overseen by Zaha Hadid Design directors, Woody Yao and Maha Kutay, who worked closely with Karimoku craftspeople on the piece. 

‘This collaboration combines ZHD’s unmistakable design language and inventive approach to materiality with Karimoku’s uncompromising quality standards, achieved through the implementation of the most advanced technologies and manufacturing processes,’ says Yao. 

‘We strongly believe in collaboration; it’s through a mutual exchange of ideas, skills and expertise that we can achieve great results,’ adds Kutay. ‘Karimoku is the ideal partner, matching our daring design concepts with their unrivalled quality of execution.’


Zaha Hadid Design at Karimoku Commons is on view from 13 October – 3 December 2021


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Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.