It’s always exciting for us when we see really talented, interesting women choosing to wear Mawi. But we were particularly pleased to see architect and design visionary Zaha Hadid in a Mawi cocktail ring for the opening of her new opera house in Guangzhou, China.
Zaha is a real inspiration to Mawi, not only for all she has achieved in such a challenging, competitive field, but because she has met with that success without compromising on an aesthetic that was once regarded by many as too radical, too revolutionary.
Her work is dynamic, intelligent, surprising and perennially beautiful, from the MAXXI in Rome to the Hoenheim-Nord Terminus in Strasbourg. The number of concurrent projects she is working on is utterly mind-boggling. Nor is her work confined to one continent: currently she is, amongst many many other things, working on the Aquatics Centre for the London 2012 Olympics, a high-speed train station in Naples and multi-faceted urban visions in Beijing, the Middle East and everywhere in between. Does this woman have a Hermione Granger-style time machine?
The concept behind this particular structure is simple: two rocks shaped by the Pearl River which surges past: as one journalist for the Financial Times pointed out, the Chinese seem to have a fondness for simple naturalistic concepts in architecture- “the Bird’s Nest Stadium and the Egg theatre in Beijing and now the rocks of Guangzhou.”