zaha hadid X saber

Zaha Hadid is a trailblazer in the field of architecture. Much of her work is concerned with movement and speed—exteriors that seem to be shaped by the movement inside and around, transforming the external form from the inside out. For the Hadid Saber, we were inspired by the powerful sinewy details of her Superyacht concept for Blohm + Voss, as well as the fluid form structure of the Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Centre. The unexpected form curvature created intricate details that intrigued the mind. From every angle, there is something unique going on.


Credits: Pedal Born Pictures

Our Approach


  • Movement
  • Velocity
  • Asymmetry

Aesthetic Cues  |  neo futuristicorganic geometry, exoskeletal, asymmetry

With the Hadid Saber, we wanted to explore movement through the form as an idea for designing the hilt. By taking an exoskeletal structure and wrapping it around a chrome metal insert, it gave us a natural grip zone that related directly to the Hadid aesthetic. The simple, flowing and always changing curvature draws the eyes around the hilt from all angles, making it a true 360 degree design example.

Superyacht for Blohm and Voss   |   Zaha Hadid Architects

Superyacht for Blohm and Voss  | Zaha Hadid Architects

Serac Bench for Lab23  |   Zaha Hadid Architects

Serac Bench for Lab23 | Zaha Hadid Architects

Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Centre  |   Zaha Hadid Architects

Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Centre | Zaha Hadid Architects



Hilt  |  Pure white in high gloss or satin finish, polished metal chrome finish, iridescent or pearlescent blush

Plasma  |  Blue


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About Zaha Hadid


“I have always appreciated those who dare to experiment with materials and proportions. 
There are 360 degrees, why stick to one?”

Zaha Hadid


In an industry dominated by men, Zaha Hadid has been a pioneer in the field of architecture. 

Much of Zaha’s work is concerned with movement and speed—both the way people will move through the buildings and the way a sight line travels through light and shadow. Her exteriors seem to be shaped by the movement inside and around them, rather than by some predetermined notion of external form.
Born in Baghdad in 1950, Zaha began her architectural journey in 1972 while studying at the Architectural Association in London. She then joined her former professors, Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis, at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam, where she became a partner in 1977. By 1979, she had established her own practice in London.
Unlike some other famous high-end architects, Zaha does not develop a signature stamp that repeats itself. There is no single Hadid style. However, certain themes do carry through her use of materials (glass, steel, concrete), her lines (corridors often trace flowing arabesque shapes, while roof struts make sharp Z-shaped angles), her structures (preference for column-free spaces), and her sculptural interiors and asymmetric façades.

Famous Works

The Vitra Fire Station in Weil am Rhen (1994), MAXXI-National Museum of the 21st Century Arts* in Rome (2009), The Phaeno Science Center (2005) in Wolfsburg, Germany, The Evelyn Grace Academy* (2010) in London, Heydar Aliyev Centre in Azerbaijan (2013)

* Both won the Stirling Prize

Vitra Fire Station | Zaha Hadid Architects

Vitra Fire Station | Zaha Hadid Architects

 Heydar Aliyev Center   |   Zaha Hadid Architects

 Heydar Aliyev Center | Zaha Hadid Architects

MAXXI National Museum  |   Zaha Hadid Architects

MAXXI National Museum | Zaha Hadid Architects