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Monday, November 16, 2009

Zaha Hadid's Chanel is hot Coco

What would Coco Chanel have thought if she knew a pavillion shaped like a handbag was erected in major cities across the globe.

Chanel Contemporary Art Container is a traveling art space designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. The pavilion, commissioned by Chanel head designer Karl Lagerfeld, hosts an exhibition of artworks inspired by Chanel bags by 20 artists and called Mobile Art. The project was unveiled at the Venice Art Biennale. Its first stop was Hong Kong.

The following information is from Zaha Hadid Architects:

‘The Mobile Art Pavilion for Chanel by Zaha Hadid Architects has been inspired by one of Chanel’s signature creations, the quilted bag. Chanel is renowned for its layering of the finest textiles and exquisite detailing to create the most elegant and cohesive pieces for each collection. In her quest for complex, dynamic and fluid spaces the work of Zaha Hadid has developed over the past thirty years through a rigorous integration of natural and human-made systems and experimentation with cutting-edge technologies.