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Zaha Hadid was on good form at the closing party for her hit exhibition at the ICA which ended last weekend. A visitor suggested that in view of her temporary tent structure outside the Serpentine Gallery this summer, which Chris Smith ordered to be kept standing for several extra weeks, she should turn her hand to umbrella design.

She could thus address the dreary symmetry which has afflicted this artefact for more than a century.

'Find me a manufacturer and I'll do a design, ' she pledged. No doubt the resulting object will be called a Zumbrella.

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