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Extending their ur-design, creative directors Neri & Hu expand their Mandarin range with a generously proportioned lounge chair that bridges the aesthetic distance between classical Asian furniture and mid-century sensibilities. Embodying spiritual Eastern philosophy, the Stellar Works design leaders say the collection can be seen as a dialogue between the sphere and the square motifs. The result is elegant seating that's also fit for comfortably sprawling, with a curved seat fabricated in molded fiberglass and sheathed in fine leather. A rich complement, the graceful solid-wood frame comes in ash or walnut, both with brass-plated detail.
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.