Last night, at the new Zaha Hadid-designed luxury apartment building in Manhattan’s West Chelsea—the first residential space in New York designed inside and out by the late architect—the mood was anything but somber. Hadid, whose sleek, futuristic designs earned her worldwide recognition (and a Pritzker) passed a little over one year ago, but her legacy felt very much alive. The occasion? The celebration of her collaboration with Bulgari for its B.Zero1 Design Legend collection, which includes a redesign of the Italian jewelry company’s iconic spiral ring that resembles the Colosseum in Rome, where Bulgari is headquartered.
“I’m really happy right now,” Bulgari president of North America Daniel Paltridge said. “It’s great to celebrate this—especially in a building like this.”
The interior of Hadid’s new space sits a stone’s throw away from the High Line and feels exactly like walking into a spaceship. It’s curvy and fluid and totally unorthodox, with the kind of graceful innovation that the Iraqi-British designer is known for, which is perhaps why Bulgari tapped her to collaborate in 2015.
“The ring is one of the most iconic things we have in the collection,” Paltridge said. “It’s something everyone recognizes the house for, so we decided to pair that with the most iconic architect on the planet.”