Zaha Hadid’s designs have disrupted many a cityscape or skyline, and this was the exact effect she had on Bulgari’s iconic B.Zero1 ring. The ring had originally debuted in 1999, to much funfare, but the weight of Hadid’s name and the audacity of her work has brought it a whole new level of design.
“This work, it seemed immediately interesting because B.ZERO1 stands for geometry, strength, eternity, while the aesthetics of ZH is instead based on proportions, absolutely unique asymmetries,” Bulgari’s Boris Barboni shared to Wonderland of their collaboration with Hadid.
The ring itself betrays the eye: it is clasped by two flat rings engraved with the classic BVLGARI logo; its central body takes the shape of undulating gold waves, flowering freely in movement. It is both rigid and and fluid, a tension that has regularly characterized Hadid’s work. Hadid’s ring is inspired by the Colosseum, and it conveys the amphitheatre’s own original agenda: it was Emperor Vespasian’s statement of power. Today, it does the same for Bulgari– a courageous declaration of character and personality, a symbol of confidence and power. It is unmistakable that Bulgari has chosen to name this ring B.Zero1 Design Legend.
Take a look at one of Zaha Hadid’s last projects
Bulgari celebrates the release of its posthumous collaboration with the legendary architect