Though many of architect Zaha Hadid
’s ambitious (and expensive) designs are yet to be built—her sprawling
Dubai Opera house, for example, has been put on hold because of Dubai’s real estate crisis—her innovative work has established her as one of the great visionaries of the 21st century. Recent architectural successes include Chanel’s Mobile Art Container (a twisting, blob-like gallery, designed to be taken apart and transported worldwide) and the awesome MAXXI Centre for Contemporary Art in Rome. In the past five years Hadid has also turned her hand to
fashion design, creating a pair of futuristic molded shoes with Brazilian label Melissa, as well as furniture—her enormous, tooth-like “Aqua” table for London’s Established & Sons is something to behold. This February, Taschen
publishes a timely reminder of the scope of Hadid's unrivaled imagination: an artist’s edition of her complete works, housed in a polymorphous plastic casing designed by none other than Hadid herself.