The late architect Zaha Hadid’s eponymous firm may be best known for its sinuous, futuristic buildings, but it’s no stranger to the world of industrial design and fashion. In addition to architecture, the firm regularly dabbles in the creation of extraordinary furniture, garments, shoes, and personal accessories, all of them reflecting Hadid’s signature aesthetic. The latest in a line of objects that look like they teleported here from a distant future is the H-Line hat, a cool blue and white topper inspired by the firm’s own 520 West 28th Street residential building, which itself overlooks New York City’s elevated High Line park.
A high-end condo tower in Manhattan’s desirable Chelsea neighborhood, 520 West 28th takes inspiration from the industrial character of the area’s past in the form of its brushed steel facade. The 3D-printed nylon hat draws from these patterns and shapes, boasting a rounded white crown and a dramatically angled and folded brim perforated with diagonal cutouts. Its colors suggest reflections of clouds and sky in the building’s swooping metallic window frames.
The H-Line Hat celebrates Friends of the High Line’s ongoing commitment to their community, the designers explain. They designed it in honor of a “Hat Party on the High Line” put on by the organization, which required guests to don elaborate headgear. Held on June 14th of 2018, the fête helped the group raise up to 98 percent of the park’s annual maintenance budget.
They add: “There is a powerful dynamic between the streets of New York and the High Line, a layered civic realm that has developed over generations and in many iterations. 520 West 28th by Zaha Hadid Architects conveys the differing layers within this contextual relationship, applying new ideas and concepts to create the latest evolution of the site’s rich history.”
“520 West 28th’s split levels are expressed within the interlocking chevrons of its hand-crafted steel facade, [which] shields residents from the elements, while its detailed workmanship continues the venerable tradition within New York’s historic architecture of enhancing the public realm. The fluid chevrons of 520 West 28th’s facade weave up the building, conveying its split levels and demarcating each residence within. The H-Line hat echoes these chevrons, weaving around the wearer with open and closed forms.”
Zaha Hadid previously collaborated with Rem Koolhaas, architect and founder of the futuristic shoe line United Nude, to create the NOVA Shoe, a metallic platform concept. The firm has also produced a plastic shoe with Brazilian brand Melissa and worked with Parisian leather goods artisans Perrin Paris on a collection of leather clutches.
Hadid’s archive is rich with projects like the Icone Bag, a reinterpretation of Louis Vuitton’s classic bucket bag, and the Celeste Necklace & Cuff, which is made of blackened silver and precious gems from Swarovski Atelier. The firm’s forays into the fashion world aren’t just limited to wearables, however — its archive is also full of unexpected design projects like the sculptural Chanel Contemporary Art Pavilion, further demonstrating its remarkable versatility.
Anyone itching to get their hands on a Zaha Hadid original should browse the offerings of the firm’s own accessories line, Zaha Hadid Design, which consists of decorative objects, fine tableware, lighting, neckties, and more.