Zaha Hadid’s Liquid Glacial Table is on the shortlist for the Design of the Year 2013.

The four-piece table is made of acrylic resin.

The crystalline surfaces are smooth and perfectly clear, deforming to mimic hydromorphologies caused by some unseen force.

The tables are made in Italy and clock in at roughly $375,000, if they were to be purchased.

It was London gallerist David Gill who commissioned the pieces last year.

A detail shot shows the remarkable detail of a resin corner.

"The elementary geometry of the flat table top appears transformed from static to fluid by the subtle waves and ripples evidenced below the surface,” describes a spokesperson at Hadid’s studio.

The table is up for Design of the Year in the furniture category, alongside other category frontrunners like Heatherwick Studio’s olympic cauldron.

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$375K Table By Zaha Hadid Looks Like Rippling Water

Hadid’s beautiful icicle-like dining tables topped the list of nominees for 2013’s Design of the Year.

It’s been an exciting month for Zaha Hadid. On top of news that a Chinese developer is copying her newest building verbatim, and the emergence of straight-up fake photos of her early life fabricated by adoring fans, Hadid has been named a nominee for the 2013 Design of the Year Awards.

But it’s not just Hadid’s architecture that’s being celebrated--it’s her furniture. In addition to nominating her Galaxy Soho complex in Beijing for the architecture award, curators at London’s Design Museum have added her Liquid Glacial Table to the shortlist for furniture. Other objects nominated for the 2013 Awards include Heatherwick Studio’s Olympic Cauldron and Nike’s FlyKnit trainers.

Hadid unveiled the four-part dining table at David Gill Gallery--which commissioned the piece--back in March. The acrylic resin tables are formally remarkable: Each crystalline surface is smooth and perfectly clear, deforming to mimic hydromorphologies caused by some unseen force. "The elementary geometry of the flat table top appears transformed from static to fluid by the subtle waves and ripples evidenced below the surface,” describes a spokesperson at Hadid’s studio. And yes--they bear some formal resemblance to the studio’s past tables. “This idea of glaciers and ice is something we’ve been exploring for a while,” Hadid told Wallpaper* last spring. “You can’t reinvent the wheel everyday.”

Each of the tables is handmade in Italy, and they don’t come cheap, starting around $375,000. That might seem shockingly expensive for a table, but for Hadid, who is at the top of her game, it’s simply a symptom of supply and demand.

Check out the rest of the nominees here.

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