A duo of double-cast aluminium seats inspired by the shape of a manta ray have been sculpted by Zaha Hadid for Italian furniture company Sawaya & Moroni.

The Manta Ray Duo was formed by gently folding a continuous surface to generate a lightweight twin shell.

The front of the twin shell rises on its central access, creating an element of separation and support to define two seating areas.

The structure moves up and outwards at the edges to shape the armrests and concludes in a Y-shape ‘spine’ at the rear of the chair.

The Manta Ray Duo is part of Hadid’s continuing research into architectural surfaces and their ability to generate space and volume.

It is a continuation of her work exhibited at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Courtesy Contemporist