Imagine the architectural spectacle that would have resulted if emperor Vespasian had been able to consult Zaha Hadid before he built the Colosseum. Bulgari’s new B.zero 1 ring created in collaboration with Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) is probably as close as we will ever get to that.
The historic landmarks of Rome have always been represented in Bulgari’s creations as tributes to the jeweller’s city of origin. Launched in 1999, the B.zero 1 was designed as a stylised miniature of the Colosseum, with concentric lines that call to mind the monument’s four levels. Now given the Zaha Hadid touch, these lines have been turned into fluid curves not unlike those on the facades of many of her buildings, bringing a sense of lightness and movement to the main body of the ring. It’s the perfect amalgamation of two icons: Zaha Hadid at the heart, framed by the protective structure of the Colosseum. As with all B.zero 1 rings, it’s subtly carved with the Bulgari name on both sides of the shank.
This creation is not the first collaboration between Bulgari and ZHA. Hadid also lent her talent to Bulgari during last year’s Salone del Mobile with the Serpenti installation. Displayed in the garden of Bulgari Hotel Milano, it was inspired by the jeweller’s iconic Serpenti collection.