The Manta Ray Duo by Zaha Hadid Architects, is constantly folding fluid two seater chair designed for Sawaya & Moroni. It is further exploration of Zaha Hadid Architects’s work displayed in the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale. The name maybe very well derived from tropical eagle rays known for their lithe form.

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The surface here is the primary focus and how it can be used to create forms and usable volumes. It uses a lightweight aluminium shell to craft and support a two seater. A central axis is maintained along which the form rises to creates armrests along with  an element of separation. A Y shape at the back strengthens the form and shows how each part is an integral to the whole. Its black color suggests subdued luxury and the curves convey comfort.

Arch2o-Manta-ray seating for sawaya & moron Zaha hadid (19)

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 The organic form of the chair is a symmetric interplay of void and surface. Sleek and yet sturdy , the chair can act as elegant addition to any modern interior.

By Akansha Gupta

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