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Libeskind and Hadid both pull up a chair - images

Daniel Libeskind and Zaha Hadid have taken a temporary break from creating iconic buildings and are sitting pretty after unveiling these chair designs.

Libeskind's Spirit House Chair has been designed to celebrate the opening of his Michael Lee-Chin Crystal Building - the centrepiece of the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada. Hadid's effort has been designed exclusively for this year's Art Basel exhibition in Switzerland.

Designed in partnership with Toronto-based furniture designer Klaus Nienkämper, the Spirit House Chair is inspired by the architectural peaks and facades of the 16,000m2 Michael Lee-Chin Crystal Building, which opens on 2 June.

The limited-edition chairs will be built from 14-gauge stainless steel with a brushed finish. They are designed to be oriented in five different positions and can also be used as side-tables. Each chair takes 40 hours of labour to complete and has Libeskind's signature etched onto it.

Hadid's chair, described by American art wheeler-dealer Kenny Schachter as a 'mutli-functional object', will be on display at the Art Basel fair, which runs from 6-9 December this year.

by Max Thompson

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