Drawing on the past to inspire the present, Ming revisits the historic decorative arts of China to create a crisp and contemporary furniture style. Chinese design duo Rossana Hu and Lyndon Neri have looked to their Asian heritage, mixing ornamental motifs with modern Western functionality.
The result is a series of intricate wooden stacking chairs and aluminium tables that work effectively as solo pieces as well as a family grouping.
This durable seating series combines comfort with practicality and a highly sophisticated take on the enduringly popular industrial aesthetic.
Incorporating a range of lounge chairs, barstools and stools, the Utility collection is (as its name suggests) utilitarian in its references, while also featuring a palette of old-world and luxurious materials. The end result is a set of elegant and versatile pieces that fit seamlessly and gracefully into any environment, from high-end hospitality to residential projects.
These containers inspired by Chinese traditional wine bottles offer two sizes for cold or warm liquids where the cups for drinking can be stacked at the neck of the bottle to form a visually interesting and complete setting. The brass holder offers a graceful detail to the simple white shape.
The ceramic set of seven bowls and plates started as a project ensemble under “A Cabinet of Curiosity”, where seven objects are to be displayed in a glass cabinet that carries emblems of seven animals which relate mto the ‘seven sins’, namely pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth.
Each ceramic piece is a different size with varying heights and volumes, blurring the typology of bowls and plates to respond to the contemporary lifestyle of full flexibility with distinction. Each vessel shape offers endless functional possibilities, yet any combination of them suggests a rebirth of a personalized table styling.
Neri&Hu visited the Arita Ceramic Museum when researching for the project and found that the most beautiful and intriguing of all the ceramics ever produced from this region is a traditional plate from 1616, the year when Arita started producing ceramics for the European market. Neri&Hu applied that particular glaze to a variety of new shapes all based on the simple yet nomadic from the historic artifacts of Arita from the year 1616.
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