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Glace

Architect Zaha Hadid applies her radical physics to jewelry for Swarovski

by Laura Neilson in Style on 20 May 2010

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In her collaborative collection with Swarovski, architect Zaha Hadid's jewelry creations share her larger works' deconstructionist design aesthetic, as well as the dramatically sculpted contours informed by it.

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The five-piece Glace collection—consisting of sinuous cuff bracelets, rings and a pendant necklace—infuses the Iraq-born architect's trademark alien forms with sprays of colored crystals, which Hadid says exotic Birds of Paradise flowers inspired.

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Swarovski's guest-designed spring/summer line features pieces by other current design headline-grabbers, including Jason Wu, Matthew Williamson and Nicholas Kirkwood. As the only non-fashion designer in the collection, Hadid's influence continues in the design world and beyond—though this isn't the first wearable project for the Pritzker prize-winner. Last spring she teamed up with Lacoste for a special-edition line of footwear, which followed a 2008 collaboration with Brazil's jelly shoe maker Melissa, in addition to another collection of jewelry with Swarovksi that year.

While not everyone might get to visit Hadid's building projects (check out our coverage of Rome's recently-completed MAXXI Museum and upcoming CityLife skyscraper in Milan, here's one way to appreciate her work—up close and personal.

Prices range from 160 to 610 British pounds (approximately $230-$870). For stockists, visit Atelier Swarovski.

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