There was an endless supply of inspired new designs on display at the Salone del Mobile earlier this month—which was no surprise, given the thousands of exhibitors and hundreds of thousands of attendees on hand. We’ve already shared some of our favorites, and a quick Google search of Milano Salone is a good way to fall into a rabbit hole of click-worthy designs.
But one new product line got our attention not only for its beauty, but also its timeliness.
Noken, which belongs to the Porcelanosa family of brands, used the international platform of Salone to unveil Vitae, a new bathroom collection designed by the late, great Dame Zaha Hadid. Featuring sleek, handcrafted ceramic pieces that include a bathtub, basins, shelving, and wall-hung toilet with bidet, the collection turned heads throughout the week before winning the i-NOVO Design Award from ArchiExpo.
Hadid, who died in March, was a groundbreaking architect with a style as distinct as it was inimitable. She earned countless prizes and honors over the course of her storied career, most notably as the first woman (and first Muslim) to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Her collaboration with Noken and Porcelanosa on the Vitae collection was among Hadid’s final completed projects.
Porcelanosa is a familiar name to fans of good design, and we’re proud that they’ve been such an active, long-standing supporter of Modern in Denver. Congratulations to Porcelanosa, Noken, and everyone involved in the creation of Vitae—an excellent collection in its own right, and a worthy addition to the Hadid canon.