Something to Talk About: The “Shark” Desk by Zaha Hadid

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We love when design sparks a dialogue. And the desk by Zaha Hadid featured on a recent episode of the latest hit reality show 9 by Design is certainly a conversation piece. Dubbed “Robert’s ‘shark’ desk” by Bravo TV, the seamless, organic form bears Hadid’s signature curvilinear aesthetic. But such a bold statement piece isn’t for everyone.

Describing her design for the MAXXI Museum in Rome in 2009, Hadid said it was intended to “embody the chaotic fluidity of modern life.” The same could be said for the desk, which dominates the bedroom of these self-taught compulsive re-habbers, who miraculously manage to renovate one gargantuan property after another in record time while raising their seven children. This lifestyle isn’t for everyone, but we’re as captivated by their seemingly fluid dance in the face of overwhelming chaos as we are by their unique design choices.

The verdict is still out on whether the desk (which required a crane and several workers to install) will be a hit or a miss with potential buyers, but it raises an interesting question about whether one should consider future buyers when making design decisions and how housemates negotiate those investments.

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