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The industrial aesthetic is taken up a sophisticated notch in the Utility Collection by Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu. The Shanghai-based architects, who balance projects at their own studio with a creative directorship at Stellar Works, which produces this collection, tap East and West archetypes and craft in their work, for a globally modern sensibility. The Utility Armchair U pairs an upholstered backrest and tufted matching seat with gracefully curved legs in solid walnut or ash. The stainless steel frame that forms the chair's arms is available either finished in brass or powder-coated black. With upholstery options in premium textiles or rich leather, U fits endless applications.
Craftsmanship is at the heart of Stellar Works since a couple of design enthusiasts from France and Japan launched the line in 2013. Operations benefit from Japanese management, while the craftsmanship draws on premium European furniture practices and technical proficiency that comes with the brand’s own state-of-the-art factory in Shanghai, China.
Because Stellar Works controls end to end, it takes great pride in abiding to Japan’s Four-Star standards—the most stringent in the industry worldwide—offering transparency regarding the sourcing of every material, be it leather, metal or fabric, along with ensuring that all woods come from FSC-certified forests.
The line’s urbane sense of materials, colorways and forms is a reflection of a global roster that includes New York designer-architect David Rockwell, Toronto’s Yabu Pushelberg, Copenhagen’s Space Copenhagen and Monaco-based Humbert & Poyet—along with an exacting Asian lens by appointing Chinese duo Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu—widely known as Neri&Hu—as creative directors for the brand.